Nirankusha: Fearless, Speak

The Radia Tap(e)s: 

Act I Swearing-in Whispers
Act II Hum Logos 
at 
Museum of Interruptions
Rangoli Metro Art Center,  Bangalore 
25th to 30th November

Closing event: 
Pal Pal Pal Pal (featuring Niira Radia and friends) 
A Screenplay reading of Act I followed by the screening of Act II
at 1Shanthi Road, Bangalore
November 30th, 6pm

Niira Radias: Miriam Joseph and Nishka Crishna 
A Raja and Tarun Das: Gowthaman Ranganathan
Barkha Dutt: Ishana Tripathi
Kanimozhi: Kavya Murthy
Shankkar Aiyar: Sanjeev Narrain 
Vir Sanghvi and Sunil Arora: Ashok Sukumaran
RK Chandolia: Akhil Kang
Voice of God: Lawrence Liang 
Narrator: Danish Sheikh 

Thanks: Prerna Bishnoi, Suresh Jayaram, Marjorie Rodrigues. 

Thank you all for a wonderful reading. 

The Radia Tape leaks have been described as “essential listening for anyone trying to be a journalist.” This invitation could be extended to anyone interested in contemporary rhetoric, and the links between speech, communication and politics. 
Act I (Swearing-in Whispers) is a screenplay in Courier 12pt melodramatic format, spanning four days in the wake of the general elections of 2009. Act II (Hum Logos) is a 45-minute audio film following from where the screenplay ends, taking us across the next two months. 

With the new cabinet in power, a lobbyist goes about her business - from cellphones to cooking gas to news media. Later, several top journalists would claim that they were just "stringing her along", and their conversations were not based on and had no impact on reality. A broad spectrum of rhetorical agents:  lies, cries,  pen drives,  family feuds and bad networks can thus be heard pulsing through the nervous systems of Indian democracy. The original recordings were made by the government. The screenplay slows them down and asks: what kinds of environments and scenes may lie behind them? The film asks: if debate around these tapes is about whether they are edited or not, or as Justice Mukhopadhay put it if "splice has been added", then what could further editing do?

Gallery: Nirankusha: Fearless, Speak
Swearing-In-Whispers, 2011

A screenplay in Courier 12pt melodramatic format, spanning the first three days of lobbying for cabinet spots, in the wake of the Indian general elections of 2009. The dialogue is entirely from phone taps made by the government. The screenplay slows them down and asks: what kinds of environments and scenes may lie behind them, and how are they connected?

Printed screenplay and IVR-based phone line, audience can type in scene numbers to hear dialogue in the original voices. Also performed as a reading.

Hum Logos

Act II (Hum Logos) is a 45-minute audio film spliced from the Pad.ma collection of the Radia Tapes. It covers two months after the Indian general elections of 2009, with the new cabinet in power. The film asks: if debate around these tapes was about whether they are edited or not, or as Justice Mukhopadhay put it, "splice has been added", then what can further editing do?

Electronic Ear Cleaning

A project of listening, including with our ears, to some materials that seem to not touch us directly, but make up our "environment".



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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