Pad.ma at TISS

Pad.ma presentations and classroom workshop at TISS, Mumbai.
Date Change!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Public presentation at Culture Cafe, 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

Since its inception in early 2008, Pad.ma (Public Access Digital Media Archive, http://pad.ma) has proposed new relationships between video and text and a new context for  viewing, annotating and conceiving moving images in relation to the internet. Video footage that cannot fit the economy of films, that is left out in editing processes, or is lengthier than the usual online clip, all find a home in pad.ma. With deep annotations and full transcripts, videos in pad.ma acquire a context and seriousness that is often missing on video streaming sites such as Youtube and Vimeo. Moreover, unlike "distribution" sites such as Culture Unplugged, the focus in pad.ma is on the downloading, reuse and recirculation of video and related materials. 


Pad.ma imagines itself not as a scene for redemption, nor as being limited to the traditional role of the archive, but as an active site of production. Indeed, why must we wait for an archive created by the state or civil society and not take up archiving ourselves? As a public and shared archive, pad.ma hosts video collections by individuals and groups that record the everyday, local geographies, artistic expressions, people's movements, cities, and life itself. 

At Culture Cafe, the pad.ma team will talk about the archive's conceptual and technological journey, from its inception to the present. It will also reflect on new ways of thinking about archives, video, text, code and the internet. (For bios of presenters, see below)

The pad.ma project was initiated by a group consisting of Oil21, Berlin, the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, and Majlis, Point of View, and Chitrakarkhana/ CAMP, Mumbai. pad.ma was launched as a public website on February 16, 2009. For more, see: http://pad.ma/about.    

Some readings around pad.ma:  
10 Theses on the Archive: http://pad.ma/texts/10_Theses_on_the_Archive.html
pad.ma's current newsletter: http://pad.ma/newsletter/2010-05-26.html
How to use pad.ma guide: http://wiki.pad.ma/wiki/HowTo
   
pad.ma team:

Ashok Sukumaran is an artist whose interests are in archaeologies of media, and in what haunts or underlies network forms and material distributions. Recent subjects in his work include urban water, electricity, cycle rickshaws, sea trade, and "the neighbour".  His work takes the form of public projects, exhibitions, films, lectures, and long-term collaborations via CAMP, which he co-founded in 2007.

Sanjay Bhangar is a writer and software developer who lives in Mumbai. He is a founder member of CAMP, and has been involved with the pad.ma project since its inception. He is a big believer in the open-source software development model, and in new models of access that online archives can provide. He is currently working on a few web-based projects including a web-to-print publishing platform, a resource site for theatre in India, and online mapping and indexing tools. 

Shaina Anand a co-initiator of CAMP and Pad.ma.  She has been working independently in film/video since 1997.  In 2001, she founded ChitraKarKhana, (http://chitrkarkhana.net)  a fully independent unit for experimental media. Her recent works continue to be informed by an interest in information politics, and by a critique of documentary film. Interventionist projects such as WICity TV (2005), Khirkeeyaan (2006), Cold Clinic (2008), and Al Jaar Qabla al Daar (2009) have created new assemblies from within the terrains of operation of contemporary media: television, cable TV, surveillance infrastructures, video archives - towards further possibilities for the image and narrative. 

Subuhi Jiwani is a writer and researcher based in Mumbai. She has worked as a arts journalist and critic, and has written for Time Out Mumbai, DNA, Hindustan Times, The Times of India, Art India magazine, Mayday magazine and World War 4 Report. She has contributed essays to art catalogues and most recently, the Sarai Reader. She is currently the Content Coordinator for pad.ma.

Zinnia Ambapardiwala is a physics graduate, trichologist, hairdresser, and system administrator. She is currently the technical coordinator of Pad.ma.

Phantas.ma/polis

The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial

Presented by Pad.ma

Pad.ma

is an ongoing public-access media archival project, centered around video as a medium of documentation, collection, argumentation and exchange. Its objective is to consolidate, densely annotate, and make available online several scattered collections of video material, to begin with in Mumbai and Bangalore. Pad.ma is a collaboration between oil21.org, CAMP, Majlis, Point of View, the Alternative Law Forum, and other future contributors.

Fwd: Re: Archive

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Toronto Palestine Film Festival

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Palestine from Above

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The Neighbour before the House
A.M Qattan Foundation

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83 mins
2013
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, and online.

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Arabic and English with English Subtitles.

Flashback Friday!

ReMembering
EK DOZEN PAANI
(2008)

Join us for a special Flashback Friday evening, as we journey back with the films in the presence of, and in conversation with many of the filmmakers, accompanied by bonus archival material.

PaNi SaRe DhaGa Ma (Water Is In All The Clouds) as the sargam notes and title connote was an exploration of the many lives of water - social, political, material, and spectral - as lived and experienced by young dwellers of the Mumbai suburbs of east Jogeshwari in 2008

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