Image: CAMP studio (handmade book scanner, optical scanner, four computers, NVR recorder, joystick, microphones, salad box, water, biscuits, coffee on the folding table. Bookshelves made of paper rolls, books, routers, awards, air conditioning and fan above. Inventory of electronics + museum of Jurassic technology below the tables, flooring replaced from wear. Some persons on a break, a person taking the picture.)
Acceptance note, by CAMP
First, to the jury and the institution, thank you. We are honoured to receive this award in Nam June Paik’s name in this year of ubiquitous, traumatic, and banal media interaction. The 1984 transmission Good Morning Mr. Orwell and the follow-up 1986 Bye Bye Kipling are meaningful and poetic, today. They are reminders above all, that things change, that we can take positions, that we can be wrong or glitch or fail, and that the collective work of artists might still be some of the more vivid milestones we have of desire and memory on Earth.
There is an old saying :) about media, that every new medium takes previous ones as its content. So that TV's content is theater, film and novels, the internet's content is TV serials, phone chats and magazines, AI's content is stuff on the internet, and so on. Nam June Paik showed us that this can also work in reverse, and in many other directions, including barely-perceptible futures. TV can be sculpture, but also a garden, or planetary-scale broadcast art. And not just as metaphors. There are moves other than cannibalization, academization, stuffing one thing into another to reap some profits. Art is not a subset of existing culture. Technology is not exhausted by its current deployment, or its critique. You and your friends can and should, dare to again play in the gardens or sewers of the “medium,” which after all is just another word for the environments we are in.
CAMP cherishes and hopes to relay the artistic but also more general values of getting one’s hands dirty, lightness, radiant generosity, transnationalism, media specificity, courage, relentlessness; historically alive, time and space bending, friendship and invention that are our translation, of what this award contains. We wish to thank all our collaborators, and friends and comrades of CAMP, over the years. Onwards.
Our best wishes,
Part 2 of the housing histories project, From Footpath to Flat (via FSI) is online.
Online seminar/"masterclass" with students of Srishti, Bangalore.
Part 1 of the housing histories project, Ghar Mein Shehar Hona: From Janata Colony to Janata Colony (imaginary to destroyed), is online.
Followed by a discussion with Anamika Haksar and many cast and crew members.
As part of Mother Courage and her Unruly, Loving Children
Punto De Vista
International Documentary Festival of Navarra
Retrospective: Oceanic Feeling
ASSEMBLY, 30 min.
YEH FREEDOM LIFE, 70 min
Followed by a discussion with Priya
SUSPENDED :( Hope to be back in the near future
This season of projections at CAMP begins on weekend evenings starting Saturday, February 29, or leap year day.
Shaina Anand in conversation with Shaunak Sen Talk: India Art Fair 02 Feb, 5:00-5:45 PM
Drawing from a recent body of post-cinema assemblages and experiences from the Mumbai based collaborative studio CAMP, artists, filmmakers and researchers Shaina Anand and Shaunak Sen will discuss the before and after of Cinema and the Present.
CAMP did an afternoon seminar with the Goldsmiths curatorial knowledge PhD program and its "advanced practices" group. With Irit Rogoff, Adnan Madani, Ramon Amaro, Bridget Crone and students.
Screening of a new 5-channel film by CAMP: 85 minutes
A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites.
The screening is followed by a discussion, and a response from Susan Schuppli.