DADA

with Kamal Swaroop and collaborators. 

Live Event 
The New Medium II: Footage Films
17 Oct, PVR Icon audi 1, 6.30

It began three decades ago on a break from filmmaking, with a speculative quest for Dadasaheb Phalke's missing biography. It continues to-date as an extraordinarily generous and generative project involving travel, pedagogy, the imagining and bearing fruit of an archive.


At first it was a giant scrapbook, drawing out the life and times of Phalke by mining words and images- painstakingly typed by Priya Krishnaswamy and obsessively cut out and pasted by Kamal Swaroop. Pages bursting with dense associative leaps; while in the margins lay a chronology of technology, the birth and maturing of cinema and a rich history of modern art as seen from India.

At the turn of this century, the Phalke project became an ambitious and mobile pedagogic project. Tracing the geography of Phalke's life, it moved to cities such as Pune, Baroda, Nashik, Bombay, Kolhapur and Varanasi. Students of art and film schools in these places created new stories, storyboards, imaginations and montages drawing from a rich material repository, in turn relayed to another group of students, and another. Today, the project has grown into a screenplay for a new film.

Join the collaborators on a multi-media-archaeological journey with DADA.






Kamal Swaroop is a 1974 graduate from FTII in direction, his 1998 Om-Dar-Ba-Dar remains one of the most formally innovative and exhilarating films to come out of Indian cinema. A new generation of award winning FTII direction alumna, Hansa Thapliyal (1997) and Renu Savant (2007) joined him on this epic journey of Tracing Phalke. Hansa's imagery is bold and free, and has brought to life many characters through her Phalke Stories. Renu was researcher on the project, her own four-hour film 'Many Months in Mirya' was recently presented the John Abraham award for 2017.

THE NEW MEDIUM I

A chronological viewing of 14 films beginning with Vertovs Man with the Movie Camera, and concluding with Farockis Parallel I-IV; The New Medium presents innovations in Cinema.


At the 18th MAMI Film Festival
20th October to 27th October 2016
Mumbai

When the moving image came into being it was seen as the seventh art, an alchemical medium with the potential to transform the spatial arts: architecture, sculpture and painting, and the temporal arts: music, poetry and dance.

The New Medium

The New Medium ​was a curated programme for the Mumbai International Film Festival for three consecutive years (2016-2018). The inaugural program - in a twisted art-historical mode - framed cinema as a new medium (125 years old, when compared to the other arts), and scoured the century of cinema chronologically...

THE NEW MEDIUM II - FOOTAGE FILMS

14 films and three live events that explode the relationship between Footage and Films into a galaxy of possibilities.
Curated by Shaina Anand
at MAMI
October 12 to October 18, 2017



Into the Midst Workshop

Months long workshop initiated by a group of artists in and around Delhi. To analyse contemporary mediation and media theory as a general phenomenon, to discuss emerging practice and theory, and to produce new work.
Part 1 @Sarai, April 20-22, 2024

Broken Cameras

featuring
The Neighbour Before the House
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
الجار قبل الدار

What the Cameras Saw and Remembered

Two films by CAMP
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour before the House)
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Captial Circus (2009)

in
The Unfaithful Octopus
at
MAIIAM Contemporary

To See is To Change

with Bombay Tilts Down (2022) and A Photogenic Line, (2019) as part of Photo 24, Melbourne.
In this pair of large-scale works, CAMP explore two sides of their practice; one that produces experimental film and video, often with unusual equipment and angles of participation, and another that creates and animates archives of moving images, documents and photography.

Closing Party! BOMBAY TILTS DOWN

Low-End Therapy
By Swadesi crew Kaali Duniya (Bamboy/Tushar Adhav) with guest MC's Kranti Naari, Pratika, MC Mawali, Khabardar Revolt.
BassBrahma and RaakShas Sound
Equality on the dance floor.

READING LISTENING SEEING Bombay Tilts Down

A tour of the work with CAMP in three acts.
12 January 7 pm, ft. Bamboy
13 January 6 pm
14 January 7:30 pm
20 January 7 pm

Bombay Tilts Down in Mumbai!

7-channel environment. 13 mins, on loop with two alternating soundtracks

A vertical landscape movie in facets. Filmed remotely by one CCTV camera from a single-point location atop a 35-floor building on E. Moses Road during the pandemic.

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