As If - I Rock, Paper, Scissors

EXPERIMENTER, Kolkata
January 7 - February 10  2015

An old game of hand-commanded powers: 

Jan, Ken, Pon
Mushti, Pataka, Kartarimukha

An interplay of forces in which the roles of Subject, Medium and Author can be exchanged, and also changed.

Three Early Works 

In three early works, the roles of subject, medium and author are already rearranged. They struggle with each other on an equal plane. In a sculptural work, video is seen as a physical force disturbing and seducing subjects. Next to this, a collaboration unfolds in a large mall, in which security people, members of the public and 208 cameras are participants. A third work jujitsus television sets, CCTV and neighbours to reconfigure space, speech and hierarchy in a Delhi neighbourhood.

These are formative works by members of CAMP. Windscreen is from 2002, and has never been recreated. It renders video as a physical force, as well as lure and trap. Capital Circus consists of actions followed by 208 CCTV cameras inside the largest mall in Europe, in the city centre of Manchester in 2008. This reworking of the roles of camera operators, publics and CCTV itself yields recordings which are here edited into a film, exhibited recently at the MoMA, Anthology Film Archives and Flaherty Seminar New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Khirkeeyaan took place in the Khirkee neighbourhood of Delhi in 2006, during a residency at Khoj. It involved near and far neighbours talking to each other over household, shop and factory-basement television sets. Khirkeeyaan was part of a historical survey of artists interventions into broadcasting at the AV Festival in 2008 and has been shown at the Power Plant Toronto, Frankfurt Kunstverein, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Dusseldorf, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo, Cornerhouse Manchester, Hatton Gallery Newcastle, Sarai Delhi etc, and was recently part of Tales from the Networked Neighbourhood: The Cinema of CAMP with Filmmaker Festival, Milan.

As If (I - IV)

CAMP
As If  (I - IV)

As If  is the title of a series of exhibitions by CAMP in early 2015. Retrospective in spirit, these shows gather for the first time in solo exhibition form, many of the artworks and ideas crafted by CAMP as a group since 2007, and by its constituent individuals since 2002.

“In expressions like Kelucharan as RadhaTV as a Fireplace or Seeing it as a Rabbit, we see the key role of the small word as. As carries mimesis, metaphor, selection, or adaptation – so many of the classic powers of art.  As If is riskier, more tensile. It reaches for things that have receded from the senses, or that are 'so close, yet so far'. Or that can be thought of and said, but not easily done. As If suggests semblance, structures and desires stretched in both directions: more unlikely, more utopian, but also more concrete, more realised. As If is a two-way bridge between imagination and intimacy.” – CAMP

CAMP is a collaborative studio founded in Bombay in 2007. It has been producing fundamental new work in video and film, electronic media, and public art forms, in a practice characterised by a hand-dirtying, non-alienated relation to technology. CAMP's projects have entered many modern social and technical assemblies: energy, communication and surveillance systems, neighbourhoods, ships, archives – things much larger than itself. These are shown as not having a fixed function or destiny, making them both a medium and stage for artistic activity.

CAMP’s work has been shown in venues such as Khoj, Sarai, Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA New Delhi, MoMA and New Museum New York, Serpentine Galleries and Gasworks London, Ars Electronica Linz, HKW Berlin, MoMA Warsaw, Askhal Alwan Beirut, Experimenter Kolkata and Documenta 13 Kassel; in the streets and markets of Bangalore, San Jose, Dakar, Mexico City, East Jerusalem, Delhi and Bombay; in the biennials of Shanghai, Sharjah, Gwangju, Taipei, Singapore, Liverpool and Kochi-Muziris; at film venues such as the AV Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Viennale, Flaherty Seminar, Anthology Film Archives, and CAMP’s own rooftop cinema. From their home base in Chuim village, they co-host the online archives Pad.ma and Indiancine.ma, among other long-duree activities.

As If I-IV is a survey of CAMP’s unique work and working methods, in a series of exhibitions across Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai

Gallery: As If - I Rock, Paper, Scissors
Windscreen, 2002

A sculptural allegory about the difference between video and film.

Gateway paper, coffee stirrers, fishing wire, wooden / steel frame, electric fan.

CAMP After Media Promises

Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

An exhibition of the contextually rich, environment-shifting media works of CAMP

Khirkeeyaan, 2006

Neighbourhood TV repurposed as conversation systems in a mashup of cable TV and early CCTV systems, in an "urban village" in Delhi.

TV sets, CCTV cameras, microphones, video splitter, Rf modulator, XLR and COAX Cables. 7 episodes, Runtime various.

CAMP: Beginnings

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.

As If (I-V)

AS IF is a series of exhibitions by CAMP across the winter /spring of 2014-15.


As If (I-V)

As If – I Rock, Paper, Scissors
EXPERIMENTER, Kolkata
January 7 - February 20 2015

As If – II Flight of the Black Boxes
24 JORBAGH, New Delhi
January 27 - February 24 2015

As If – III Country of the Sea
BHAU DHAJI LAD MUSEUM, Mumbai
February 21 - April 7 2015

As If – IV Night For Day
CHEMOULD PRESCOTT ROAD, Mumbai
March 9 - April 30 2015

As If – tV
Clark House Initiative, Mumbai
March 29 - May 20 2015



Phantas.ma/polis

The video art programme of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial

Presented by Pad.ma

Toronto Palestine Film Festival

الجار قبل الدار The Neighbour before the House 60 mins 2009-2011 Toronto Palestine Film Festival

Palestine from Above

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
A.M Qattan Foundation

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

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

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

South Asia Foreground
Labocine, June 2021 issue

Vikalp @ Prithvi + Q & A with CAMP

Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
The Neighbour before the House
(60 mins)
2009
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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