Through both days, Max, Jon, Georgina, Marisa, Chris and I walked through the mall, aware that we were being followed. Playing around with UK's Data Protection act and the documentary filmmakers mandatory 'image release'(with a side-ways wink at 'participatory' art practice), we carried with us "Image Release Forms' and encouraged people to sign on. The net result was that we had about a 100 release forms and were able to make a 'public' request for the Surveillance Videos.
On day Two, Dan Williamson from Reactor web and Joe Richardson and Jai Redman from Ultimate Holding Company, an arts collective that had done some significant art work around Manchester's Regeneration, amongst other things. (Links to some of inspiring works are in the tab on the right. Respect)
They spent an illuminating hour in the control room with Gayle as their host, after which we walked through the mall deep in feedback. The conversation: with Jai and Joe from UHC pasted over some of the footage procured makes up the short video "Regeneration".
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.
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.