A survey exhibition of the spatial, technical and cultural imaginations cultivated by CAMP.
Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi
Wall text: Created between 2006 and 2021, these projects draw upon CAMP's unique artistic processes: the use of technologies as geopolitical media, the actualisation of concepts such as leak, neighbour, footage and archive, and the persistence over time of so many of their collaborative projects and intersubjective interests. CAMP deals in the longue-duree of technologies and our relation to them, while also retaining the surprise and lightness of the unexpected way forward, as they like to say, like the cut in film.
The title of the exhibition talks about movement and its context. Its medium, like the ship, but also the forces that push and pull at it, and what art does here as a kind of embodied explorer crawling through the passages pf possibility and rearranging them. They rarely do this alone, CAMP’s work has collaboration of diverse types as its starting point, as the title in Arabic of the exhibition tells us - the comrade before the journey.
The things that move in interesting ways in this exhibition include exhibitions themselves, as in the “Annotated Gujarat and the Sea Exhibition” (2011), newspaper images that have found new neighbours in A Photogenetic Line (2019), or the faceted subcontinental movements of A Passage through Passages (2020). The things that don’t or cannot move include the people in Al Jaar Qabla al Daar (2011), or the camera in Bombay Tilts Down (2021), and a certain member of CAMP (ie, they cannot travel to this exhibition's country). They do not move, but they move us.
On the ground floor which is dedicated to maritime worlds, the exhibition also features From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2009 – 2013), a film project commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme, and two other Sharjah-based projects, the book Wharfage and Radio Meena, recipients of the grand jury prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009). The upper floor has a cybernetic lineage, although enmeshed in regional contexts from Afghanistan to Palestine.
Passages through Passages is curated by Hoor Al Qasimi.
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.
Act II (Hum Logos) is a 45-minute audio film spliced from the Pad.ma collection of the Radia Tapes. It covers two months after the Indian general elections of 2009, with the new cabinet in power. The film asks: if debate around these tapes was about whether they are edited or not, or as Justice Mukhopadhay put it, "splice has been added", then what can further editing do?
Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora
featuring The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" and The Country of the Sea
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Featuring From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Organised by Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sharjah Art Foundation, curated by Omar Kholeif.
An exhibition that builds upon photos of another exhibition that was made of photos of....
as part of
Proposals for a Memorial to Partition
Curated by Murtaza Vali
CAMP draws a series of lines between this and that exhibition. Not only between country A and country B, or horizontally between peoples or on the plane of "cultural exchanges" or "extra-national space", but vertically, or diagonally, reaching out to an actual place, to its actual power and presence.
For All Vahanvatti is designed to help a group think from the sea, rather than from the land. CAMP with Reliable Copy Propositions.
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Museum of Contemporary Art & Design
Watch and Chill
West Kowloon Cultural District
Watch and Chill
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum
A reading by CAMP
Opening of Passages Through Passages
CAMP was awarded the main Jury prize at the 9th Sharjah Biennial for Wharfage, a two-part project including a book and a radio transmission.
A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.
Panel on Sustained Engagements:
A Letter to the Sharjah Art Foundation in Grey, White and Black.
13th March 2014, 10:00 am
SAF Art Spaces, Sharjah
Collective Research Session: screening and discussion
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
14th March 2014, 20:00
Mirage City Cinema, Sharjah
CAMP was invited to present its ongoing and upcoming projects at March Meeting, Sharjah.
A 72-minute film resulting from a CCTV video project shot in Jerusalem/ Al Quds with eight palestinian families, from and around their homes. Screenings are every 90 minutes starting 10 am, the last screening is at 8 pm. At Bait Al Serkal, Upto May 7, 2011.
Feature-length travelogue by sea between western India, eastern Africa and the Persian gulf. First shown at a purpose built outdoor cinema on the creekside in Sharjah in 2013, where many of the sailors gather. Shown in Documenta 13 in an abridged form, as part of the installation The Boat Modes.
83 mins. Original format(s): HDV, SDV, VHS, Cellphone videos (variable). Stereo audio and in-cameraphone music.
Nam June Paik Art Center Prize
An exhibition of the contextually rich, environment-shifting media works of CAMP
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.
A Passage Through Passages is inspired by ethnographic and archival work in five field sites. The central feature of the exhibition is a multi-screen film work by CAMP.
At first, a project on the creek in Sharjah in 2009, from where a large number of ships leave for Somali ports.
A projection of film clips known and unknown, footage seen and unseen, documents and photographs, and voices of filmmakers present and past.
On the occasion of the Bombay launch of
John Ghatak Tarkovsky : Citizen, Filmmakers, Hackers by Ashish Rajadhyaksha.
7:00 pm, Sunday June 11
MOVE STAY OR DISAPPEAR
Saturday, June 10th 2023, 6pm onwards.
An outcome of a 6-week residency at CAMP in Chuim village Khar, a continuing dialogue with each other and with the studio.
Midnight's Third Child
Readings, Screenings and Discussions
with Naeem Mohaiemen
This artist talk accompanies Modern
Mondays and Signals: How
Video Transformed the World.
Organised by Stuart Comer, Michelle Kuo and Rattanamol SIngh Johal.
Remembering Chandita, the origins of COMET and Bharat Ki Chaap https://phantas.ma/chanditam-bkc Her annotated essay, 2014
Book and Web launch of a video art theory project by Dieter Daniels and Jan Thoben. Includes a presentation of their multi-format essay on njp.ma.
Bombay Tilts Down
13m 14s looped, seven channel environment
Talk by Shaina A in conversation with Gahee Park at the Seoul Museum of Modern Art, about the Wharfage publication and From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf .
Memorius is 5
Ashok S participates in Experimenter Curators Hub 2022.