From the Mediastorm

With Ranjani Mazumdar, Shohini Ghosh, Charu Gargi and Shikha Jingan

Live Event
The New Medium II: Footage Films 
14 Oct, PVR Icon audi 1, 12.00 pm 

Meet the members of India's first, woman-only, documentary collective and revisit their history and prescient video practice.


In 1985, six batch mates in their early twenties, at the newly established AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi formed MEDIASTORM, likely India's first documentary collective. The MCRC over the next decades would go on to become a premiere media institution, and the six women would invest themselves deeply in film pedagogy, shaping a generation of media practitioners and theorists.

They were indeed part of a new moment. In an environment of rising fundamentalism, the desire to organise collectively and counter dominant mass-media hysteria, with committed inquiry and through diverse cultural fora was taking shape. Video as a medium was making independent filmmaking and distribution possible. In their own words, "A new media culture was gathering storm".

In five years, the Mediastorm collective made three significant films. In Secular India (1986), From the Burning Embers (1998), and Whose Country is it Anyway? (1991). They were on the field, traversing the country, an all-women film crew, "crowdfunding" their productions. The films were deep, incisively crafted and collectively authored and produced. All six members were honoured with the Chameli Devi Jani Award in 1991 for "exemplary dedication, deep conviction and sensitivity in the use of a relatively new journalistic medium in India for critical commentary on live social and political issues of our times." We are delighted to revisit this history and prescient video practice with members of the collective.



Shikha Jhingan has written extensively on cinema, television and aural cultures, and has been a documentary filmmaker. Sabina Gadihoke authored Camera Chronicles of Homai Vyarawalla (2006) and is a cinematographer and curator of photography. Sabina Kidwai co-authored Crossing the Sacred Line: Women's search for Political Power (1998) and combines academic work with media practice. Ranjani Mazumdar wrote Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City (2007), and is an academic and a documentary filmmaker as well. Shohini Ghosh directed the documentary Tales of the Night Fairies (2002) and is the author of Fire: A Queer Classic (2010). Charu Gargi is a filmmaker researching the relationship between gender and mainstream Indian Cinema.


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THE NEW MEDIUM I

A chronological viewing of 14 films beginning with Vertovs Man with the Movie Camera, and concluding with Farockis Parallel I-IV; The New Medium presents innovations in Cinema.


At the 18th MAMI Film Festival
20th October to 27th October 2016
Mumbai

When the moving image came into being it was seen as the seventh art, an alchemical medium with the potential to transform the spatial arts: architecture, sculpture and painting, and the temporal arts: music, poetry and dance.

The New Medium

The New Medium ​was a curated programme for the Mumbai International Film Festival for three consecutive years (2016-2018). The inaugural program - in a twisted art-historical mode - framed cinema as a new medium (125 years old, when compared to the other arts), and scoured the century of cinema chronologically...

THE NEW MEDIUM II - FOOTAGE FILMS

14 films and three live events that explode the relationship between Footage and Films into a galaxy of possibilities.
Curated by Shaina Anand
at MAMI
October 12 to October 18, 2017



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.
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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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