CAMP at FD Zone

Two films by CAMP


CCTV Social
The Neighbour before the House
at 
RR Theatre 
10th Floor
Films Division
Pedder Road, Mumbai
Saturday, 31st August, 2013
4:00 pm

Two works by CAMP:
CCTV Social
 
2008 /28 minutes
http://www.camputer.org/event.php?id=24

AL Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour before the House) 

2009-2011/ 
60 minutes
http://www.camputer.org/event.php?id=98 
 
CCTV Social
In March 2008 Shaina Anand collaborated with Manchester Metropolitan University and Arndale Shopping Centre to open working CCTV environments to a general audience. People normally 'enclosed' by these networks came into the black box of the control rooms to view, observe and debate this condition, endemic in the UK, where there is one camera for every 6 people.  
Manchester's Open Street Surveillance, with its Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras and systems wired into the surrounding architecture over a decade ago were subject to demonstrations, scrutiny and inquiry by 36 participants. These hour-long sessions became somewhat like a diagnostic clinic, where symptoms, anxieties and inoculations about 'public health' under surveillance were meditated upon. The therapy sessions seemed to work both ways, for the participants as well as the security officers. The film is a documentation of some moments, from these several hours of curious encounters. 

CCTV Social has been exhibited at Cornerhouse Manchester, Nottingham Contemporary, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo and Space Hamilton Seoul. It will be part of a CAMP exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Ocobter 2013. 

The Neighbour Before The House (Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar) 
The material for this film was generated by eight Palestinian families living in various parts of Jerusalem/Al Quds, a place where the usual sense of “neighbourhood” is broken by occupation and conflict. It was filmed over a month in September October 2009, with a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) CCTV camera that the residents installed on their own homes (or in the case of evicted families, on nearby houses), a "tripod made of stones".  The commentary you can hear is of people speaking over the video live, as they watch and move the camera from inside their homes. Sometimes the voice looks for an image, at other times image provokes voices, or they separate into distant landscapes and innermost thoughts. The footage was edited into this film in 2011.
 
The Neighbour Before the House has been screened at the Al Mamal Foundation Jerusalem, International Academy of Art  Ramallah, Nova Cinema Trondheim, New Museum New York, Yerba Buena Center for Art San Francisco, Volte Gallery Mumbai, Experimenter Gallery Kolkata, and the Biennials of Sharjah and Liverpool.


Gallery: CAMP at FD Zone
Al jaar qabla al daar (The neighbour before the house), 2009-2011

الجار قبل الدار

“The Neighbour before the House” is a series of video probes into the landscape of East Jerusalem. Shot with a CCTV security camera, these images show that before and after instrumental "surveillance", there is inquisitiveness, jest, memory, desire and doubt that pervades the project of watching. In these specific times and places, camera movements and live commentary become ways in which Palestinian residents evaluate what can be seen, and speak about the nature of their distance from others.

60 mins, SD CCTV video and sync audio.

CCTV Social

In March 2008 Shaina Anand collaborated with Manchester Metropolitan University and Arndale Shopping Centre to open working CCTV environments to a general audience. People normally 'enclosed' by these networks came into the control rooms to view, observe and monitor this condition, endemic in the UK.

The Neighbour before the House

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