Pad.ma has been running as an online archive of digital video with text annotations, for over two years. During this period, the focus has been on gathering materials, annotating densely, and building an archive. At present, pad.ma has over 400 hours of footage, in over 600 "events". Almost all of this is fully transcribed and often mapped to physical locations. Essays have been written over video, and narratives created across different clips in the archive. The focus has been on pulling material into pad.ma.
What are ways to start thinking about pulling material out of pad.ma? From the onset, pad.ma has had an API (documented at http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/API), a programming interface that allows you to perform searches, seek to exact time-codes in any video, fetch transcript and map data, and display all this however you please. Also Pad.ma's General Public License (PGPL, http://pad.ma/license) is designed specifically for the reappearance and reuse of the material in Pad.ma for non-commercial, research and educational use. Through the experience of running the archive, there have been various imaginations of multiple, layered, time-based annotations over video: pedagogical tools for learning and discussion; presentation tools that juxtapose text and video in new ways, essays and other writing formats enabled by rich and context-specific media.
At the workshop, we hope to explore some of these imaginations for video on the web, and video's new qualities as a result of online practices. We invite video-makers, writers, coders and other enthusiasts to participate. Taking the term "application" in the broadest possible sense, we invite participants to bring video material, texts, software, or ideas, combine them with existing materials and tools in pad.ma, and develop innovative kinds of "output", which then echo into the structure of the archive.
If youre interested, have a look at the Workshop Outline above, and send us a line at email@example.com, with a short bio and ideas for your participation.
After a hands-on introduction to pad.ma and its possibilities and tools, the workshop will break up into streams for content and code. One day 2, these streams come back together.
In the content stream, participants could:
- bring in their own footage, clips from popular or unpopular cinema, science or lab videos, ads or news, artworks or documentary films, and write on or with them.
- bring together shots, scenes or sounds from fiction or non-fiction films, and make a 'movie' or create a 'running commentary' alongside.
- write over video critically or creatively: theorise or contextualise footage, collectively author textual narratives or weave fiction and/or poetry with moving images.
- create teaching units or illustrated lectures using pad.ma, begin a research project or map a phenomenon through video and text.
In the code stream, participants would:
- devise new ways in which video and text can speak to each other, and to an online audience.
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.
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.