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, Simpreet and Shaina perform the housing histories trilogy live on 20 21 22 September during the opening week.
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
"Ghar Mein Shehar Hona: City Housing in a Cultural Matrix, 1951 to 2020". Three evenings of immersive histories on CAMP Rooftop.
"From Janta Colony to Janta Colony" video lecture by CAMP, part one of a series, at KRVIA auditorium at 11 am.
"From Footpath to Flat (via FSI)" video lecture by CAMP, part two of a series, at KRVIA auditorium at 11 am.
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
The third in our series of archival journeys through housing in Hamara Shehar. Part 3: From "Right" to "Information", KRVIA Auditorium, from 11 am.
The Fourth in our series of Archival Journeys, "Part 4: From Bandra North to Khar East". KRVIA Auditorium, from 11 am.
A Journey through Housing in Bombay/Mumbai, Part II
Artist talk @ Beginnings with CAMP
Workshop with Students of ERG/Artistic Practices and Scientific Complexity Masters/Kobe Matthys at Argos.
Beginnings is an exhibition tracing some of the conceptual and artistic origins of CAMP. At ARGOS, Brussels as part of new beginnings at ARGOS itself.
Artist talk: Shaina A at Institute for Comparative Modernity, Cornell University.
A film program at Slought, with Shaina Anand /CAMP about surveillance systems, critical documentary filmmaking, subjectivity and distribution, and a screening of Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (60 min, 2011), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shaina and Deborah A. Thomas.
Ishara Art Foundation
Ashok gives a part-biographical talk at the MMB, Mumbai, as part of the State of Nature series. Himalayan horticultural history, sewage-infused ice skating rinks, potato science and a series of proposals for art.
A 100-foot long branching sequence of cutouts drawing from the photo archives of The Hindu, a 140-year old newspaper. Cutouts here are a way of reframing existing photographs as new organisms and to create a new boundary or border for the image.
On three screens, a city-symphony filmed by automated CCTV cameras in Amsterdam pushing their optical and motor 'patrolling' capacities to an extreme.