CAMP talk at the New Museum, New York
Friday 22nd July, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lets bring some things back to the table: media/ mediation, technology, collaboration... all things between things. Since we realize that mediation is everywhere, and is not just a feature of new media or electronic forms. The sea is a medium for trade and for piracy, an organisation (such as CAMP) is a medium for what "messages" it can produce, electricity is a medium for not only energy, personal consumption and family life, but also global struggles around raw materials and distribution infrastructure.
How to make art that nestles in such a world, and tries to influence it? Our own approach has been to work with the ideologies, affordances and breaking points of "media" ranging from cycle rickshaws, wooden ships, state records, web browsers, basic infrastructures like water and electricity, to institutional environments such as CCTV control rooms and archives. The capacities of these mediums are called upon to transmit, evoke or construct a larger, less instrumental world, despite the medium's own tendency towards invisibility.
This talk, screening and discussion consists of five proposals to go past the impoverished metaphor of "networks", and ask what a more full-blooded love of technology could look like: for art, collectivity and politics.
Discussant: Gunalan Nadarajan
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.