City Housing in a Cultural Matrix

At Chicago Architecture Biennale

Internet assemblage on two monitors, sound. In three parts. Software: Jan Gerber Commissioned by the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial

A collective of artists, filmmakers, software programmers, architects, activists and archivists, CAMP produces public art projects, films and electronic media that engage with cities globally. City Housing in a Cultural Matrix presents an interactive web-based film in three parts, that journeys through a history of housing and its context in Bombay/Mumbai.

The work narrates the social, cultural and political history of the “housing question” in Mumbai, by bringing together cinema, state-sponsored documentary, newspapers, policy reports and archives from social movements, among other source materials. These materials are assembled, via a hand-built web editor, into a new kind of "annotated film" that links to online archival sources. In the installation, some of these branching paths are seen in the second monitor. Drawing in form from the video lecture-performance style honed on CAMP's rooftop cinema and studio that takes its audience on dense archival journeys, the work examines a "poor man's colony" that was set up in the 1950s and destroyed twenty-five years later to make room for an atomic research facility in Bombay (Part-I: From Janata Colony to Janata Colony); a series of four organized responses to urban housing and slums triggered by a landmark court case, alongside a parallel cinema movement (Part-II: From Footpath To Flat); and contemporary, situated strategies in a very complex global environment (Part III: From Right to Information). The three parts are presented in this installation sequentially, and will be released online in the same sequence during the course of the Biennial.

Ashok Sukumaran, Simpreet Singh and Shaina Anand perform the housing histories trilogy live on 20 21 22 September during the opening week.

US premier - Housing Histories in a Cultural Matrix

Part 1. From Janta Colony to Janta Colony (imaginary to destroyed) via print and film, love and music, state propaganda and people's archives, five-year plans and Emergency.

Friday, 20 Sep, 2019 . 6:00 - 8:00pm

Part 2: From Footpath to Flat (via FSI) . through the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, Transferable Development Rights, Transit Camps, Monsoons, Rocks, Courts, and four institutional histories.

Saturday, 21 Sep, 2019 . 6:00 - 8:00pm

Part 3 :From Right to Information (Virtual i.e. Real landscapes)
via TDR, Cyprus, Speculative Housing, Capital Flight, GBGB Andolan, Multicam Stings, Drone Leaks, .pdf and .xlsx.

Sunday, 22 Sep, 2019 . 3:00 - 5:00pm

Housing Histories Seminar

"Ghar Mein Shehar Hona: City Housing in a Cultural Matrix, 1951 to 2020". Three evenings of immersive histories on CAMP Rooftop.

From Bandra North to Khar East (Virtual i.e. Real Landscape)

via RTI, TDR, Cyprus, Speculative Housing, Capital Flight, GBGB Andolan, Multicam Stings, Drone Leaks, Abu, Adarsh, Alyque, Naezy, Nayak, Rajjo, Tiger, .pdf and .xlsx.

Part 3 of our video-lectures on housing histories of Bombay-Mumbai 6:30 pm

A Journey through Housing in Bombay, Part I

From Janta Colony to Janta Colony
(imaginary to destroyed)
Via print and film, music, love, bulldozers, state propaganda and peoples archives.
Part-I: 1950 to 1982

10th February, Friday 4pm to 6pm
The Centre for Urban and Policy Governance and The School of Habitat Studies
Room A2, Ground Floor, Academic Building II, New Campus, TISS, Mumbai

11th February, Saturday 8p, to 10 pm
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Urban Design and Architecture
Max Mueller Bhavan, Library.

From Janta Colony to Janta Colony

(imaginary to destroyed)
A Journey through Housing in Bombay
Part-I: 1950 to 1982
Tuesday, 29th November, 2016
6:30 pm to 9 pm

From "Shehar aur Sapna" to the Olga Tellis case. Via print and film, music, love, bulldozers, state propaganda and people's archives.

From Footpath to Flat (via FSI)

A Journey through Housing in Bombay/Mumbai, Part II

(1982 to 2004)

Through Transit Camps, the Slum Rehabilitation Authority, Transferable Development Rights, Rocks, Marshes, Courts, and four institutional histories: Nivara Hakk, Nagari Nivara Parishad, SPARC and YUVA.

110 minutes of film and video with live commentary.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Saturday,
11th March, 2017
CAMP rooftop



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