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, not to remove their background environments, nor to frame heroic figures, but to create a new boundary or border for the image. This border, interior or exterior, leads one to the next image.
The sequence evolves by following one or more of three basic rules :
a. People in the images grow older, or younger.
b. Things in the background come into the foreground, or vice versa.
c. Two photo captions refer to each other.
The line generated in this way, crosses many perceptual (shape), historical (time) and geographic (political) boundaries. Here, like in cinema, the cut is not a brick wall but an invitation: for increased traffic at any border.
A Photogenetic Line was produced for the Chennai Photo Biennale 2019, curated by Pushpamala N and supported by The Hindu.
New work at the Chennai Photobiennial, drawing from the photo archives of The Hindu, a 140-year old newspaper based out of Chennai.
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.
Ashok, Simpreet, and Shaina perform the housing histories trilogy live on 20 21 22 September during the opening week.
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
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.
On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam pushing their optical and motor 'patrolling' capacities to an extreme.