In this screening, Sanjay Bhangar produces a cut from four films on Bob Dylan, including:
1> Don't Look Back ( D.A. Pennebaker, 1967, 96 mins) a landmark; as a film and as a document of rock history. Directed by Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of direct cinema, the film starts with one of the first-of-its kind "music videos", and proceeds to document everything from intimate late-night moments to live performances in Dylan's 1965 tour of England.
2> Eat The Document ( Bob Dylan,1972, 54 mins) : In 1966, Pennebaker once again accompanied Dylan on his tour of the UK - this time Dylan had 'gone electric', with The Hawks backing him through the second half of his performance. After this tour, Dylan would not allow Pennebaker to complete the film. Eventually, Dylan and Howard Alk spent some time editing what became "Eat the Document", a widely bootlegged piece of video material.
3> No Direction Home ( Martin Scorsese, 2005, 208 mins) : This film is a series of interviews with Dylan himself, Joan Baez and others. The film inter-cuts the interviews with pieces of footage taken from earlier films, piecing together Dylan's life from his arrival in New York City in '61 up until his motorcycle accident in '66.
4> I'm Not There ( Todd Haynes, 2007, 135 mins) : This film has six characters enacting different 'ghosts' of Bob Dylan. The movie contains many, sometimes surreal, re-enactments of scenes from archival footage, mostly from the above films.
"here lies bob dylan
by trembling flesh
who after being refused by Lazarus,
jumped on him
but was amazed to discover
that he was already
a streetcar &
that was exactly the end
of bob dylan
he now lies in Mrs. Actually's
God rest his soul
& his rudeness
& a naked mama's boy
who looks like Jesus Christ
can now share the remains
of his sickness
& his phone numbers
there is no strength
to give away -
can just have it back
here lies bob dylan
demolished by Vienna politeness-
which will now claim to have invented him
the cool people can
now write Fugues about him
& Cupid can now kick over his kerosene lamp
boy dylan-killed by a discarded Oedipus
to investigate a ghost
& discovered that
the ghost too
was more than one person."
- Bob Dylan, Tarantula, 1965-66
Saturday or Sunday evening screenings through winter, exploring footage both within and outside the usual capsule of "the film". An experience that could be similar to watching films, or at other times harder to digest, or slower to release, closer to the moment of shooting, less censorious, and less fearful of finitude. Another life, another world of viewing and listening experiences is always possible.
Artist talk @ Beginnings with CAMP
Workshop with Students of ERG/Artistic Practices and Scientific Complexity Masters/Kobe Matthys at Argos.
Beginnings is an exhibition tracing some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP. At ARGOS, Brussels as part of new beginnings at ARGOS itself.
Artist talk: Shaina A at Institute for Comparative Modernity, Cornell University.
A film program at Slought, with Shaina Anand /CAMP about surveillance systems, critical documentary filmmaking, subjectivity and distribution, and a screening of Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (60 min, 2011), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shaina and Deborah A. Thomas.
Ishara Art Foundation
Ashok gives a part-biographical talk at the MMB, Mumbai, as part of the State of Nature series. Himalayan horticultural history, sewage-infused ice skating rinks, potato science and a series of proposals for art.
A 100-foot long branching sequence of cutouts drawing from the photo archives of The Hindu, a 140-year old newspaper. Cutouts here are a way of reframing existing photographs as new organisms and to create a new boundary or border for the image.