Fwd: Re: Archive

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

3:00 pm
Welcome note from Pad.ma

3:45 pm
Missing, unremembered, and newly marked sequences on 858.ma, Mosireen's archive of the Egyptian Revolution.

4:15 pm
Kaya Behkalam
Augmented Archive

4:30 pm
Inder Salim
Mother of the missing son, Dog of Tithwal, and 16th June.

5:00 pm
Alper Sen, Bak.ma

5:15 pm
Conversation Between 858.ma and Bak.ma, Discussion

6:00 pm

6:20 pm
Mariam Ghani
Overflow, Reserve, and the Unfinished in Afghan Films.

6:50 pm
Prabodh Parikh
Response, Ruins

7:00 pm
Steal Them.
Discussion on documents with Simpreet Singh, and Rosemary Grennan of Maydayrooms.org

7:30 pm
Kush Badhwar
OU 101: History lesson from the late professor's trash.

8:00 pm
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

3:00 pm
Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson
Transductions: Revisiting 10 Theses on the Archive - a journey from ideas to images, and back.

3:30 pm
General Purpose Editing
Story of Janta Colony 1950 to 1976

4:00 pm
Sebastian Lütgert
The Neural Image: Cinema watched by Machines

4:30 pm
Kaushik Bhaumik, Madhuja Mukherjee
Dancing in the Dark: The Curious Case of Film Scholarship.

5:10 pm

5:40 pm
Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson
Dark Matter Cinema Tarot: A Nocturnal Committee

6:10 pm
Virchand Dharamsey, Iyesha Geeth Abbas, Kaushik Bhaumik
Silent Film/Bombay City

7:00 pm
Kamal Swaroop
Crowds and Power

7:30 pm
Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Life of an Archive: Arsenale Berlin

8:00 pm
Ananya Parikh, Mohammed Shafeeq K and Jenson Joseph
On new film teaching

8:30 pm
Closing Discussion
Archive as a Site of Production and the Future of Image Studies


The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial

Presented by Pad.ma

Inlaks Fine Art Awardees 2023: Open Studio

Saturday, June 10th 2023, 6pm onwards.

An outcome of a 6-week residency at CAMP in Chuim village Khar, a continuing dialogue with each other and with the studio.

Hangar for the Passerby

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
April 18 to February 1, 2018

Pad.ma at the Reina Sofia

The Archives of the Commons
Reina Sofia, Madrid
December 11, 12 2015


In 2013, as a gift to our cinema centenary indiancine.ma, an online platform and community initiative dedicated to Indian cinema was born.

Writing Histories for Indian Cinema, Chapter Two

Organized by
Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University
in collaboration with
October 30-31, 2014
Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University main campus


Pad.ma has a sister project.

Indiancine.ma is an annotated online archive of Indian film.

The X-Ray Files

From Stings to Leaks to Citizen Vigilantes

A video lecture
Tuesday June 10
7:30 - 10:30 pm

Crossing the Everyday life of Video

Asia Art Archive in America
Brooklyn, NY
3:30 pm, 13th April, 2014

Working In and Out of the Archive

With Reena Katz Jesal Kapadia and Brian McCarthy, and Naeem Mohaiemen
in collaboration with http://pad.ma

At TPW Gallery R&D, Toronto
Images Festival
10-26 April, 2014

Distributing the Unsensable (in experiments with images)

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

Artists in the Archives

at LUX, Shacklewell Studios, London
17th October, 3pm

The World of Afghan Films

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.

Archive Practicum: Dont Wait for the Archive 3

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

at Documenta13

Two exhibitions:

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.

Pad.ma version 2 - Launch and Screenings

Sunday, February 26, 2012
6:30 PM
CAMP roof
301 Alif Apartments,
34-A Chuim Village, Khar, Bombay 400052

Save As - India

Workshop, screening and exhibition as part of India Film Week, Trondheim, Norway
October 4-9, 2011

Pad.ma, and the possible

New Museum Theater
235 Bowery, NYC
7:00 pm Thursday, 28 July, 2011

A Season of Footage and Films. Part 10. Women at Work

Sunday, February 27, 7:00 pm
CAMP roof

Footage from the
Dharavi Documentation Project
Richa Hushing with Tapan Vyas and Rrivvu laha
2008. 180 minutes

Pad.ma @ Image Mouvement, Geneva

Sanjay Bhangar from CAMP and Jan Gerber (0x2620) present the pad.ma project at the Image Mouvement Forum organized by the Centre D'art Contemporain, Geneva.

Problems of Translation

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

Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Thursday December 16, 2010

Properties of the Autonomous Archive

CAMP, 0x2620 and Pad.ma invite you to:


Friday and Saturday,
January 7 and 8, 2011.

A gathering of key internet platforms, archival initiatives and related infrastructures. Day one is a full day of presentations and discussions on Friday, January 7, 2011.

Don't Wait for the Archive, Pt. 2

A Workshop with Pad.ma
Rooftop Studios, Cairo

October 17-21 and 24-27, 2010
Timings: afternoons.
Visitors are welcome all day.

From Archive to Application (and Back)

Presentation / Open House
Friday, 16th July, 6:30pm
1 Shanti Road, Bangalore

Followed by a weekend workshop
17th and 18th July 2010 at Jaaga
supported by the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

Pad.ma at TISS

Pad.ma presentations and classroom workshop at TISS, Mumbai.
Date Change!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Public presentation at Culture Cafe, 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

Pad.ma at Home Works, Beirut

Don't Wait for the Archive
Archiving practices and futures of the image.
A workshop and colloquium with pad.ma

April 12 to April 24 2010
@ Home Works
Ashkal Alwan

Meet Mozilla @ CAMP

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.

Pad.ma at the British Council Library, Delhi

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

Open Times:
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday,
August 21 and 22, 2009

MozCamp Mumbai

CAMP co-organised an event to celebrate the release of Firefox 3.5 and talk about web standards. Details of the event are on its wiki page. You can see the entire video of the event at http://pad.ma/Vsmpvstz/info

Pad.ma 2009

Monday, February, 16, 2009.

11:am to 7pm

"Who Are We?" hall - inside the Discovery of India exhibition,
First Floor,
Nehru Centre,
Dr. Annie Besant Road,
Worli, Mumbai - 400018.


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.

Pad.ma Archive Launch

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.

Archive, Access, Anxiety

December 21-22, 2007

An extended discussion on digital archiving, hosted by oil21.org and CAMP.

Into the Midst Workshop

Months long workshop initiated by a group of artists in and around Delhi. To analyse contemporary mediation and media theory as a general phenomenon, to discuss emerging practice and theory, and to produce new work.
Part 1 @Sarai, April 20-22, 2024

Broken Cameras

The Neighbour Before the House
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
الجار قبل الدار

What the Cameras Saw and Remembered

Two films by CAMP
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour before the House)
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Captial Circus (2009)

The Unfaithful Octopus
MAIIAM Contemporary

To See is To Change

with Bombay Tilts Down (2022) and A Photogenic Line, (2019) as part of Photo 24, Melbourne.
In this pair of large-scale works, CAMP explore two sides of their practice; one that produces experimental film and video, often with unusual equipment and angles of participation, and another that creates and animates archives of moving images, documents and photography.


Low-End Therapy
By Swadesi crew Kaali Duniya (Bamboy/Tushar Adhav) with guest MC's Kranti Naari, Pratika, MC Mawali, Khabardar Revolt.
BassBrahma and RaakShas Sound
Equality on the dance floor.

Bombay Tilts Down in Mumbai!

7-channel environment. 13 mins, on loop with two alternating soundtracks

A vertical landscape movie in facets. Filmed remotely by one CCTV camera from a single-point location atop a 35-floor building on E. Moses Road during the pandemic.


A tour of the work with CAMP in three acts.
12 January 7 pm, ft. Bamboy
13 January 6 pm
14 January 7:30 pm
20 January 7 pm

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