As If - IV & As If - tV : Landscape Virtual

Art Night Thursday

9th April, 2015 

Chemould Prescott Road and Clark House Initiative invite you to a discussion of two CAMP shows in the company of the artists. 

7:30 - 8:30 pm  Chemould Prescott Road 
As If - IV Night for Day 

8:30 - 10:00 pm  Clark House Initiative
As If - tV

A two-part discussion, framed by concepts of the "virtual" and that of the "landscape". 
Virtual: that which is not currently existing, an unrecognised plane or facet; out of time, an unseen capacity. But one that is clearly evoked and asked to function in these exhibitions.  Landscape:  that whose old walls and hierarchies must be cut across, but also which offers material resistance, and layers, which have to be navigated. 

The prefix As If  in the exhibition titles carries the freedom of association of "as" and the "what if" of concrete and often utopian imaginations. But how to map the responses of artists against the massive mediafication, televisation, networking, and infrastructuring of our social landscape? How has the virtual itself evolved, and is it still useful as a concept? Taking the past century as a frame, this discussion walks us through camera obscuras, street decorations, television, CCTV, and proliferations of networked media from electricity onwards. All of which create their own gaps of sensing and participation, or what Lefebvre called "blind fields". In yet other words, these are the more "virtual" aspects of the past century of cinema. 

The first CAMP exhibition in this series was called Rock, Paper, Scissors. It suggested that subjects, technology and authors could be thought of as equally powerful, equally fragile, and could also exchange places. Once we adopt this contemporary play of forces, how do they modify the landscape? Discursively, psychologically, symbolically, physically or otherwise? The discussion tries to address this question. 

As If - IV Night for Day 
Chemould Prescott Road 
Ongoing till 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. 

'Day for Night' in film is when scenes shown as night are actually shot in the day. The reverse idea promotes night as the imaginative, cinematic and subterranean aspect that undergrids daytime. And that troubles the ‘everyday’ by distributing its energies differently.

CAMP and 
As If - tV
Clark House Initiative 
Ongoing till May 20 2015 
A collection of early projects with and through the medium of television.  Also includes a special channel of TV, 24 hours of streamed programming from the online archive. 

As If (I-V)

AS IF is a series of exhibitions by CAMP across the winter /spring of 2014-15.

As If (I-V)

As If – I Rock, Paper, Scissors
January 7 - February 20 2015

As If – II Flight of the Black Boxes
24 JORBAGH, New Delhi
January 27 - February 24 2015

As If – III Country of the Sea
February 21 - April 7 2015

As If – IV Night For Day
March 9 - April 30 2015

As If – tV
Clark House Initiative, Mumbai
March 29 - May 20 2015

You Are Now

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 and Simpreet
and Adarsh, Alyque, Naezy, Nayak, Medha, Sandeep, Rajjo, Tiger.

Passages through Passages الرفيق قبل الطريق

A survey exhibition of the spatial, technical and cultural imaginations cultivated by CAMP.

When the Cold Blows

A performance by our collaborators on, Seoul Express. More details:

The Neighbour before the House الجار قبل الدار

New Media Gallery

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Watch and Chill
West Kowloon Cultural District

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