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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial
Presented by Pad.ma
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.
as part of
Proposals for a Memorial to Partition
Curated by Murtaza Vali
CAMP draws a series of lines between this and that exhibition. Not only between country A and country B, or horizontally between peoples or on the plane of "cultural exchanges" or "extra-national space", but vertically, or diagonally, reaching out to an actual place, to its actual power and presence.
at de(Coding) Mumbai
With Shaina, Ashok, Simpreet
and Adarsh, Alyque, Naezy, Nayak, Medha, Sandeep, Rajjo, Tiger...
For All Vahanvatti is designed to help a group think from the sea, rather than from the land. CAMP with Reliable Copy Propositions.
Ashok S participated in the School of Environment and Architecture annual conference, with a suggestion on the deployment of abstractions.
Ashok (remote) and Shaina (in-person) participated in the last panel of the March Meeting, New Forms of Surveillance and Extraction.
A survey exhibition of the spatial, technical and cultural imaginations cultivated by CAMP.
A reading by CAMP
Opening of Passages Through Passages
New Media Gallery
Watch and Chill
West Kowloon Cultural District