Closely Guarded Phonecalls

Hum Logos (45 mins) 

RR Theatre 
10th Floor
Films Division
Pedder Road, Mumbai
Saturday, 7th September, 2013
4:00 pm

Curators note:

This week's program continues from last week's ‘Of watching and Being Watched’.  Network technologies like cellphones for example, offer a sense of equity and privacy internally but at the same time offer unparalleled opportunity of surveillance. Governments can and do "wiretap" whom they wish, when they wish, protected by barriers of secrecy. Sometimes, things leak. We are facing many questions, as increasingly such intrusions are being legislated. Where are the new ethical lines drawn?  How aware are we that we are being listened to?


CBI /19 min / 1973 / Films Division

The Central Bureau of Investigation traces its origins to the Special Police Establishment (SPE)  established in 1941. The functions of the SPE were to investigate bribery and corruption in transactions with the War and Supply Department of India, set up during World War II.  Its motto is "Industry, Impartiality, Integrity". Its mission is 'To uphold the Constitution of India and law of the land through in-depth investigation and successful prosecution of offences; to provide leadership and direction to police forces and to act as the nodal agency for enhancing inter-state and international cooperation in law enforcement '. The 19 min. film gives an insight to its functioning and encourages citizens to help CBI by reporting any wrong doing.

Act II: Hum Logos / 45 mins / 2012 / CAMP

Hum Logos is a film based on the Radia Tap(e)s. These recordings have been described as essential listening for anyone wanting to be a journalist in India.  Debates around the tapes and their authenticity have often asked whether they were edited or not, whether they were "spliced" or "fake". This work asks instead, what further editing or rearrangement might do. What could we hear, in another composition. We are led to a different kind of experience from on the one hand, voyeuristic bytes replayed endlessly on TV and on the other the "data" that has thus far become available publicly. In the film, a broad spectrum of rhetorical devices: lies, cries, memes, schemes, pen drives, bad networks and family feuds, can be heard pulsing through the nervous system of Indian democracy.

See also:

Hum Logos has been exhibited at the New Museum New York, the Gwangju Biennale (with Korean translation) and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Delhi, among other screenings.

Gallery: Closely Guarded Phonecalls
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".

Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Ja Riya Hoon

Followed by a discussion with Anamika Haksar and many cast and crew members.

As part of Mother Courage and her Unruly, Loving Children

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Punto De Vista
International Documentary Festival of Navarra
Retrospective: Oceanic Feeling

A Timeline and a Film, with Priya Sen

7:00 pm ASSEMBLY, 30 min.
Followed by a discussion with Priya

Mother Truth and her Unruly, Loving Children

SUSPENDED :( Hope to be back in the near future
This season of projections at CAMP begins on weekend evenings starting Saturday, February 29, or leap year day.

Screening and Discussion: A Passage through Passages

Screening of a new 5-channel film by CAMP: 85 minutes

A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites.

The screening is followed by a discussion, and a response from Susan Schuppli.


A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites. The central feature of the exhibition is a multi-screen film work by CAMP.

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