Crossing the Everyday life of Video

at
Asia Art Archive in America
Brooklyn, NY
3:30 pm, 13th April, 2014


There is everyday life. And there is the everyday life of video. A peculiar cousin of the ordinary in general, is the video ordinary: made up of non-square pixels, proliferating handheld cameras, CCTV, citizen journalists, exacting filmmakers, pervasive television, and all the things that are at stake with and through these things.

All gestures in video should be measured, or rubbed up against, its own ordinary. Pad.ma is an archive primarily of footage and not films. It tries to catch this ordinary, and some of its qualities and evolution, in the Indian context in particular. It collects materials and works intensively through them to try and make sense of intentions, technologies, accidents and effects. It asks whether a film can be beautiful from the inside as well as the outside. It thus enquires about not only in what is visible, but also about the backend in which machines or souls that propel or cast images and sounds in a particular way. Even though the video ordinary is constantly overflowing and receding from our attention, Pad.ma tries to parse some of it, for threads that may lead us to new paths.

This hour-long assembly from Pad.ma, made and presented using the website, tells a story of the evolution of the video everyday; its practices, effects, appearances and affirmations in relation to an everyday life that itself is changing.

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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.

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