The Fwd: Re: Archive Seminar is the central event of a month-long gathering organised around the 10th anniversary of Pad.ma the footage archive, and the 5th anniversary of Indiancine.ma the film archive. Pad.ma, Indiancine.ma, Pan.do/ra and sister projects Bak.ma and 858.ma have further invited a group of friends, collaborators and those taking similar journeys to an event that traces the genealogies and branches of our collective endeavours, and looks to the future for how the archive looks like, as a scene of production and scholarship.
Today, we are many: filmmakers, cinephiles, scholars, programmers, archivist-activists and post-big-data artists and thinkers. How can the archival technologies and institutions that we have been developing accommodate for unforeseen types of creation and production, and what conditions need to be established, inside, around and in between archives, to keep them radically open towards the many futures that they already point towards?
The seminar is composed of an in-depth conversation format, a screening and performance program of assemblages drawn from the first week's workshop, intertwined with future-looking film scholarship and theory.
Ananya Parikh, Iyesha Geeth Abbas, Kamal Swaroop, Kaushik Bhaumik, Madhuja Mukherjee, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and other guests, joined by workshop-I participants: Alper Sen, Salma Said, Salma El Tarzi, Philip Rizk, Jasmina Metwaly, Inder Salim, Kush Badhwar, Mariam Ghani, Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson and Rosemary Grennan, workshop - II participants Jenson Joseph, Satish Poduval and Mohammad Shafeeq, and Pad.ma and Indiancine.ma initiators Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran, Zinnia Ambapardiwala, Sanjay Bhangar, Jan Gerber, Lawrence Liang, Sebastian Lütgert, Ashish Rajadhyaksha.
Saturday, 10 March: 3 PM - 8 PM: Library, Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
Sunday, 11 March: 3 PM - 8 PM: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai
The program will be updated at Event.Pad.ma
This event is in association with Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai and G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, and is supported by the Foundation for Arts Initiatives (FfAI)
Saturday, 10 March: 3 PM - 9 PM: Library, Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai
Welcome note from Pad.ma
Missing, unremembered, and newly marked sequences on 858.ma, Mosireen's archive of the Egyptian Revolution.
Mother of the missing son, Dog of Tithwal, and 16th June.
Alper Sen, Bak.ma
Conversation Between 858.ma and Bak.ma, Discussion
Overflow, Reserve, and the Unfinished in Afghan Films.
Discussion on documents with Simpreet Singh, and Rosemary Grennan of Maydayrooms.org
OU 101: History lesson from the late professor's trash.
Satish Poduval, Mohammed Shafeeq K and Jenson Joseph
Impostors, anti-heroes and desecrated bodies - The afterlife of Communist Cinema in Kerala.
Sunday, 11 March: 3 PM - 9 PM:
G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture
Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson
Transductions: Revisiting 10 Theses on the Archive - a journey from ideas to images, and back.
General Purpose Editing
Story of Janta Colony 1950 to 1976
The Neural Image: Cinema watched by Machines
Kaushik Bhaumik, Madhuja Mukherjee
Dancing in the Dark: The Curious Case of Film Scholarship.
Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson
Dark Matter Cinema Tarot: A Nocturnal Committee
Virchand Dharamsey, Iyesha Geeth Abbas, Kaushik Bhaumik
Silent Film/Bombay City
Crowds and Power
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Life of an Archive: Arsenale Berlin
Ananya Parikh, Mohammed Shafeeq K and Jenson Joseph
On new film teaching
Archive as a Site of Production and the Future of Image Studies
Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University
in collaboration with
October 30-31, 2014
Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University main campus
Asia Art Archive in America
3:30 pm, 13th April, 2014
With Reena Katz Jesal Kapadia and Brian McCarthy, and Naeem Mohaiemen
in collaboration with http://pad.ma
At TPW Gallery R&D, Toronto
10-26 April, 2014
The Many Lives of Indian Cinema: 1913-2013 and beyond
Disciplines, Histories, Technologies, Futures
January 9th, 2014
at Sarai-CSDS, New Delhi.
With Screenings of
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
9th and 11th January 7:00 pm
at LUX, Shacklewell Studios, London
17th October, 3pm
Saturday, 18th August, 2012
Venue: CAMP Rooftop
1) Introduction to the Afghan Films and Pad.ma workshop in conjunction with documenta13 in Kassel and Kabul.
2) Screening: Audiences and Crowds from the Afghan Films Archive (a cut from the archive, made and screened in Kabul in April), 23 minutes
3) An annotated filmography of Engineer Latif Ahmadi, Afghanistan's most prolific filmmaker in recent times.
4) Screening: Khan-e-Tarikh (House of History) 1996. An essay film by Qader Taheri made during the civil war using archival footage from Afghan Films.
5) Discussion with Shaina Anand, Faiza Ahmad Khan, Ashok Sukumaran, who were part of the workshop in Kabul, and invited guests.
A workshop at
Afghan Films, Kabul
March 25th to April 15th, 2012
with Shaina Anand, Vijay Chavan, Mariam Ghani, Faiza Khan, Ashok Sukumaran and members and staff of Afghan Films
The Boat Modes in a house in the Karlsaue Park
and with Pad.ma on Afghan Films, in the ex-elisabeth hospital/ex-chinese restaurant.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
301 Alif Apartments,
34-A Chuim Village, Khar, Bombay 400052
Workshop, screening and exhibition as part of India Film Week, Trondheim, Norway
October 4-9, 2011
New Museum Theater
235 Bowery, NYC
7:00 pm Thursday, 28 July, 2011
Jan Gerber, Sebastian Lutgert (0x2620.org) and Ashok Sukumaran (CAMP), co-founders of the Pad.ma video archive, initiate "Problems of Translation" a public discussion on the nature of translations between art and art's archive, technology and art history, software and painting, and digital and analog artifacts, at the
Some folks from the Mozilla offices in Mountanview are coming to town and CAMP is happy to be hosting a dinner cum meetup event to discuss web standards, open video, and also demo pad.ma.
Do join us on Sunday, 21st February, 7pm onwards.
For more details and to RSVP attendance, please see our wiki page.
The pad.ma archive will be showing as a multi-terminal installation / exhibition in this library in Delhi.
British Council Library,
17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg,
New Delhi- 110001
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday,
August 21 and 22, 2009
SanjayB presented Pad.ma at Info-activism Camp in Bangalore, February 2009.
is an ongoing public-access media archival project, centered around video as a medium of documentation, collection, argumentation and exchange. Its objective is to consolidate, densely annotate, and make available online several scattered collections of video material, to begin with in Mumbai and Bangalore. Pad.ma is a collaboration between oil21.org, CAMP, Majlis, Point of View, the Alternative Law Forum, and other future contributors.
Thursday, February 28, 2008.
PAD.MA is an online archive of video material, primarily footage and not finished films, that has been densely text-annotated. The entire collection is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non-commercial use.
We see PADMA as a way of opening up a set of images, intentions and effects present in video footage -- resources that conventions of video-making, editing and viewing have over time tended to suppress, or make unavailable.
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.