CAMP After Media Promises

Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

An exhibition of the contextually rich, environment-shifting media works of CAMP

CAMP After Media Promises was one of the more than 100,000 backronyms for CAMP, produced by a computer script, on their first website in 2007. This exhibition is presented as a “moving panorama” on 8 screens, in 5 acts or stages. It visits electronic media from historically and socially complex sites, in Mumbai, Manchester, Jerusalem, and elsewhere, including online locations. By relocating and redefining the categories of observer, subject, network, database, image and sequence, by stealing power, time and access from existing megastructures, CAMP’s work goes to the heart of what is at stake when such systems overlap our living systems, and our value systems.

These after-proposals, are or were responses to a change in conditions and horizons, immediate or longer-term, and a non-acceptance of the current, limited use of any technology. After-cableTV, after-electrification, after-piracy, after-internet, after-cctv are not post- or going past, rather they are ideas and actions that breed in these intersecting environments, disturb their promises, and encrust them with possibilities. These often utopian artists’ proposals are against what might be called “evolution,” or any naturalised understanding of what comes next.

CAMP’s images and arrangements are thus shifts in the environment, at certain crossings of time, space and opportunity, and now as another wave of digital technology passes through us. The show includes a new commission in Seoul (with artists Seoul Express and Taeyoon Choi) that adds an oblique angle and duration to the old dance between cameras and subjects and a proposal (with 0x2620) for Nam June Paik's Video Archive at NJP.MA.

A Moving Panorama

CAMP presents an essay through their practice in a large–format, 8 screens sync–video environment. By not merely presenting a series of works, but making it a journey through the inside and outside of artworks, this format is their response to the question of “exhibition” today. The installation is a “moving panorama,” which was historically a painted environment with moving canvases that would take you from place to place, sometimes imaginary ones. It is also a tour through the ages, where electronic media and modernity, in general, has evolved in compressed timelines, in the places of the world they live and have worked in.


CAMP says “the city is big, the image is (still) small.” Many of the images and sounds here have been recorded or produced by unconventional equipment in non–standard situations, from inside control rooms and in cable networks, from the Somali coast to their studio rooftop, from “made” to “taken,” also open to being taken in turn, via their long-running open archival practice.

The installation has 7 acts that unfold in time as well as in space:


0. City after Video

1. Electric Time and Space

2. TV Politics

3. CCTV Social

4. Leaky Abstraction

5. Grey Boxes, Brown Boats and the Sea

-1. Returns (Descent into the Ordinary)

NJP.MA

Njp.ma documents the intermedia experiments of Fluxus artists as they encountered and radically transformed the distributive capacities of the new mediums of video and broadcast art, led substantially by the prescient work of Nam June Paik. Seen here through a collection of 175 videos housed in the Nam June Paik Art Center, the world’s only video archive of the artist's work.


Njp.ma draws from Pad.ma , the open-source footage archive run by 0x2620 and CAMP since 2008, and its numerous sister platforms. Njp.ma is an artists' proposal for how to turn Paik’s video archive into a public-access resource.


The proposal here is two-fold: To present to an engaged viewer an organised collection with time-based transcripts and annotations and in addition, edits or 'cuts' across the archive that will be published through the coming year. Further, to invite the curious artist, researcher and scholar to go deeper into the material, using the granular views, time-based annotation and edit features of Pad.ma, to contribute and interpret for the present, this important body of material.

CCTV.CAMP

This is a newly commissioned work in Seoul using a closed-circuit television camera. The camera is set up on the rooftop of the Daerim Plaza in Euljiro, an old town under the force of urban regeneration. CAMP controls a CCTV camera’s movements with computer software as if choreographing it. With the pan, tilt, zoom functions, the camera moves at various distances and speeds to capture the cityscape with a rhythmic analysis. It adds an oblique angle and duration to the old dance between cameras and subjects. It live-streams at cctv.camp.

For the Seoul production, CAMP is in collaboration with artists Taeyoon Choi, and Youjin Jeon and Minki Hong of Seoul Express.

Gallery: CAMP After Media Promises
CAMP awarded Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2020

Image: CAMP studio (handmade book scanner, optical scanner, four computers, NVR recorder, joystick, microphones, salad box, water, biscuits, coffee on the folding table. Bookshelves made of paper rolls, books, routers, awards, air conditioning and fan above. Inventory of electronics + museum of Jurassic technology below the tables, flooring replaced from wear. Some persons on a break, a person taking the picture.) (Reverse angle image is here)

CAMP: Beginnings

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.

In Cameras Res at De Appel Amsterdam

On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam pushing their optical and motor 'patrolling' capacities to an extreme.

Could Have Beens

Tate Modern
Transformer Galleries and Tanks
Ten Days Six Nights
March 24 to April 2, 2017

CAMP presents a series of works including Windscreen, Capital Circus, One Agreement and Four-letter Film.

We also host Camera Obscura, an evening with video and talking, on the 29th of March.

Matrix : Skulptur Projekt Münster, 2017

MATRIX
Of mother, womb, array, environment in which more specialised structures can grow.

Theater Münster
Neubrückenstraße 63
10 Jun - 1 Oct, 2017
Site-specific installation with Electric cable, switches, speakers, monitors, custom electronics.

As if - tV

Clark House Initiative, Mumbai
March 29 to May 30 2015

CAMP and Pad.ma present a series of works on, with and through the medium of TV.

As If - IV Night for Day

CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD, Mumbai
March 9 - April 30 2015

Choreographed together, electric, sonic, filmic and other uncategorisable works from 2002 to 2014 that took place in the nighttime worlds of Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Sharjah, Dakar, Kabul, Mexico and other cities.

As If - III Country of the Sea

A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.

As If - II Flight of the Black Boxes

24 JORBAGH, New Delhi
January 27 - February 24 2015

Born in experimentation and uncertainty, black boxes of machines and institutions surround us with seemingly smooth and impenetrable functions. But reintroduce the uncertainty, reopen the conflicts, and the box appears stable in neither form nor function.

Twelve works by CAMP look out through the interior worlds of cameras, memory devices, surveillance systems and more, developing feelings and strategies along with them.

As If - I Rock, Paper, Scissors

EXPERIMENTER, Kolkata
January 7 - February 10 2015

An old game of hand-commanded powers:

Jan, Ken, Pon
Mushti, Pataka, Kartarimukha

An interplay of forces in which the roles of Subject, Medium and Author can be exchanged, and also changed.

Three Early Works

Evenings at CAMP Rooftop

A roof-top venue that has been active since 2007, in this location since 2009.

Evening Landscape from the Control Room

Saturday May 6th
7:00 pm
CAMP Rooftop

90 minutes
Live and recorded video from location, with commentary.

Lets say a change of guard in the control room brings in new cinematographers and analysts, for whom the sun setting over Juhu beach is just the beginning of the evening's story.

CCTV TV: An evening with CAMP

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.

City Housing in a Cultural Matrix

Ghar Mein Shehar Hona is now online . See more at At Ghar.with.CAMP

CCTV Landscape from Lower Parel

A 200-year neighbourhood story told through a single camera mounted on a cinema hall, 90 minutes.

Opening event

Friday 13th Oct 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
IMAX at PVR Phoenix
also
Monday 16th Oct 2017
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
PVR Phoenix 6



Phantas.ma/polis

The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial

Presented by Pad.ma

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

الجار قبل الدار The Neighbour before the House 60 mins 2009-2011 Toronto Palestine Film Festival

Palestine from Above

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
A.M Qattan Foundation

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

"Watch and Chill"
83 mins
2013
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and online.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

South Asia Foreground
Labocine, June 2021 issue

Vikalp @ Prithvi + Q & A with CAMP

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
(60 mins)
2009
Arabic and English with English Subtitles.

Flashback Friday!

ReMembering
EK DOZEN PAANI
(2008)

Join us for a special Flashback Friday evening, as we journey back with the films in the presence of, and in conversation with many of the filmmakers, accompanied by bonus archival material.

PaNi SaRe DhaGa Ma (Water Is In All The Clouds) as the sargam notes and title connote was an exploration of the many lives of water - social, political, material, and spectral - as lived and experienced by young dwellers of the Mumbai suburbs of east Jogeshwari in 2008

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