extraordinarily hilarious, sometimes hardly able to get away from its
deliberately starched setting. A group of young men is trying to analyse
an enormous number of fragmentary film documents (shot by Khittl and
his cameraman Ronald Martini during two extensive travels around the
world in 1959 and 1960). The 308 “documents” – films about water and
erosion, Brasilia, a volcano, rice in Asia or a meanwhile legendary
Rosstäuscher (horse cheater) – are screened one after the after and
intermitted by comments of the team members (who, on their part, are
being commented by a supervisor). “In a Kafkaesque room five
Ionescoesque people find themselves in a Sartreesque situation, trying
to solve a Camuesque problem”, as back then pre-eminent critic Helmut
Färber ironically described this setting."
from a review of the 44th Viennale by Martina Lunzer and Barbara Wurm, Senses of Cinema, October 2006.
Saturday or Sunday evening screenings through winter, exploring footage both within and outside the usual capsule of "the film". An experience that could be similar to watching films, or at other times harder to digest, or slower to release, closer to the moment of shooting, less censorious, and less fearful of finitude. Another life, another world of viewing and listening experiences is always possible.
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.