"Show me your Properties!"
Friday January 7,
10:30 am to 8:00 pm.
Max Mueller Bhavan Library,
K. Dubash Marg,
Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
10 15 onwards: TEA and COFFEE
10 45 Introduction. Ashok Sukumaran: autonomy and translation
11 00 Pad.ma: people annotate describe make add
11 45 Kenneth Goldsmith: If we had to ask permission, we wouldn't exist: a brief history of UbuWeb and the law
12 30 Sean Dockray: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARG.ORG
1 15 LUNCH BREAK
2 45 Shared Footage Group: Its past and future
3 30 G Sundar and Amar Gurung: Archiving in the vernacular, experiences from Tamil and Nepali
4 15 Rochelle Pinto: The mundane state - historians in a state archive
5 00 TEA BREAK
5 30 Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi: Flattr, the need for alternative financial views
6 15 Matthew Fuller: Two evil media stratagems: structure data & know your sorts
7 00 Lawrence Liang and Sebastian Lütgert: Privacy and Scandal: Radia tapes and Wikileaks
8 00 CLOSING DISCUSSION
Saturday, January 8
(if you would like to attend write to info(AT)camputer.org )
This event is supported by the 50 years of the Goethe Institut in India Program.
PROPERTIES OF THE AUTONOMOUS ARCHIVE
"Beyond the status of the archive as property lie the properties of the archive, which can destabilize and complicate received notions of rights."
- from Pad.ma, Ten Theses on the Archive, no. 9.
Not only rights, of course, but ALL received notions. The proverbial dust of the historical archive, its actual censorious or smiling archivists, the digital archive's protocols, video codec or "social network", all of these things crowd the archive, its imagination and reproduction. In other words, the archive's real properties tend to destabilize ideal characteristics we may ascribe to it. And tend to take us into exciting side-streets of constraint and possibility, often beyond the motivations or will of authors, rights holders, and even archivists themselves.
Such a sensibility towards properties (not restricted to physical qualities, and extending both the usual sense of property and its ethical sense as "proper", or propriety) can perhaps express better the work of the archive in our times, acknowledge its mediating powers, and suggest how its metaphorical and allusive capacities can be made stronger. That is, how the archive may be related to creative and artistic practices, which is one of our main intuitions with Pad.ma. Practices that, in general, are always entangled with the properties of the materials they work with. So that the focus on footage and not finished films in Pad.ma for instance, asks for a recalibration of ethics and politics around film. The discussion that we hope to have then, is about such qualities and powers of contemporary archives: including their stable or emergent properties, their performance and beauty, survival and capacity, and autonomy.
Why autonomy? Or, autonomy from what? Well partly, from the old and still-valid categories: control by state and corporate interests, historiography of and by the powerful, and from "subjection" in general. But also, by declaring that autonomy is a basic, ontological property of the archive and its contents, atleast two (related) claims are being made:
1. Materials in the archive are not exhausted by annotations, "users", or any uses the material may be subjected to. The irreducibility of materials to narratives means that these are deep reservoirs to which we and others can return, and from which new ideas, experiences and effects can continually be drawn.
2. The autonomy of the archive inverts the logic of people as autonomous (as free consumers, choosers, users) and the archive as merely a resource, as something to be used. Such an archive then has a riskier, more open-ended relationship with the future.
"In declaring their autonomy, archives seek to produce norms beyond normativity, and ethical claims beyond the law." 
It is likely that this discussion will take us beyond the metaphor of the archive, to its roots and branches, its fruits and farms, and to the ideas and initiatives that now neighbour it, in a changed landscape. It is clear for example that "found" materials are no longer found, like objet trouve, as if lying unattended on the road. Many of the things we care about or can work with, are found in private or protected territory. But also, increasingly, amidst vast oceans of digital "raw material", as the Wikileaks example shows us. In such an alien (to ideas of culture, or social traditions) landscape, how can individuals or groups act, what analytical tools or creative infrastructures can be built, even at our smallest, scrappiest, and most experimental levels of "making history", as Marx put it in a related context, "in circumstances not of our own choosing"? 
South Asia Foreground
Labocine, June 2021 issue
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
Arabic and English with English Subtitles.
An interview with Shaina Anand in Oceans Rising, a companion reader to the research exhibition “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation,” commissioned by TBA21–Academy.
with Albert-Lászlo Barabási, CAMP, Burak Arikan and Hans Ulrich Obrist at Hidden Patterns.
EK DOZEN PAANI
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 filmmaker’s 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
CAMP, in Conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose.
Ashok introduces a video on the Monsoon in Lallubhai, made at R & R, at the opening event of the inhabited sea project.
Image: CAMP studio (handmade book scanner, optical scanner, four computers, NVR recorder, joystick, microphones, salad box, water, biscuits, coffee on the folding table. Bookshelves made of paper rolls, books, routers, awards, air conditioning and fan above. Inventory of electronics + museum of Jurassic technology below the tables, flooring replaced from wear. Some persons on a break, a person taking the picture.) (Reverse angle image is here)
Part 2 of the housing histories project, From Footpath to Flat (via FSI) is online.
Online seminar/"masterclass" with students of Srishti, Bangalore.