LIVE : January 28, 2018, from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Installation on view till February 28.
CAMP with Madhuja Mukherjee and Kenneth Cyrus
The word ‘kamra’ and camera have the same root. A camera is a room with a hole in it. Small people inside this ‘kamra’ can see images of expansive outdoors, without themselves being seen. This experience -- of watching without being watched -- and at the same time partaking in shared curiosities and desires, is at the very heart of cinema.
Once a prime theatre of central Calcutta, the now hollowed out Gem Cinema lies at the crossroad of Entally Market and the arterial AJC Bose Road named after the polymath physicist, archeologist, botanist and writer of science fiction. 200 years ago it was a ditch, guarding the town from invaders; then filled up to become Lower Circular Road, bringing with it urbanity, modernity and migrants. Mosques, churches, art ‘akademis’, schools; the Missionaries of Charity, offices and bhavans of the CPI and CPIM and the Left brigade, the Moula-ali Dargah and later, the youth centre, memorial of Begum Rokeya and tomb of St. Teresa – public institutions of a certain time -- populate the landscape, on whose perpendicular trajectory lies the Hoogly to the west, and the Wetlands to the east. Down below the density of life of Moulali-Entally engulfs us, and on rooftops, people steal time in public-private spaces.
A single camera mounted on the roof of Gem Cinema brings us multifarious stories: factoids and fabulations, imagery and documentary, things that can and cannot be seen. A traversal of distances, through many spaces and multiple timelines. Maybe the true destiny of ‘CCTV’ is to make us secretly intimate with each other, and our surroundings.
"From Janta Colony to Janta Colony" video lecture by CAMP, part one of a series, at KRVIA auditorium at 11 am.
"From Footpath to Flat (via FSI)" video lecture by CAMP, part two of a series, at KRVIA auditorium at 11 am.
From the rooftop of this artists' studio in Chuim Village, you are taken on a virtual tour of the neighbourhood. 90 minutes: Live video, audio and archival print material, with live commentary.
"The Neighbour Before the House deals with the effects and narrative remainders of a (warfare) technology and proposes a method of witnessing, a witness machine."
In advance of CAMP's solo at De Appel and in collaboration with LIMA - a screening of two of the studio’s earlier acclaimed projects that examine surveillance, society, and cinematic apparatus.
On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam. The optical and motor capacities of these cameras are pushed to an extreme. Certain human subjects reappear near or far in the images, suggesting a form of reciprocal knowledge or intent, a secret pattern between cameras and people.
On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam pushing their optical and motor 'patrolling' capacities to an extreme.
On the excess of images, and of access to images.
In this screening and discussion we look at several artist's works (including our own) based on security imaging or CCTV. This gives us a few new ways to think about contemporary images, and the "democracy" of image-making, in particular. It also suggests that the term "found footage" may not be sufficient, may even be misleading, for describing such work.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
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.
Part I: From Janata Colony to Janata Colony premieres as an online movie on a purpose built research platform.
CAMP performs the housing histories trilogy live on 20 21 22 September during the opening week.
Ishara Art Foundation
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.
New work at the Chennai Photobiennial, drawing from the photo archives of The Hindu, a 140-year old newspaper based out of Chennai.
CAMP presented at the Inhabited Sea roundtable at IIT Bombay. "An initiative that seeks to create a new imaginary for the terrain of Mumbai."
Save the date for this event with Aajeevika Bureau. The format is, watching 60 projected photographs over two hours, while talking about them. Several photographers will attend.
The Fourth in our series of Archival Journeys, "Part 4: From Bandra North to Khar East". KRVIA Auditorium, from 11 am.
Celebrates its 40th year with an inventory of 40 films and a publication. CAMPs From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf along with films of Wang Bing, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-Liang, Lav Diaz, Akram Zaatari, Lucrecia Martel, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami...