Passages through Passages الرفيق قبل الطريق

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.

Gallery: Passages Through Passages, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah
Al jaar qabla al daar (The neighbour before the house), 2009-2011

الجار قبل الدار

“The Neighbour before the House” is a series of video probes into the landscape of East Jerusalem. Shot with a CCTV security camera, these images show that before and after instrumental "surveillance", there is inquisitiveness, jest, memory, desire and doubt that pervades the project of watching. A voice finds an image, an image is probed beneath its surface, thoughts withdraw or rebound.In these specific times and places, camera movements and live commentary become ways in which Palestinian residents evaluate what can be seen, and speak about the nature of their distance from others.

60 mins, SD CCTV video and sync audio.
Filmed in 2009 and edited into this film in 2011.

Hum Logos

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?

Indigo Waves and Other Stories:

Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora
featuring The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" and The Country of the Sea
Organised by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Natasha Ginwala, Hajra Haidar.

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.

Scoring the Words

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
&
Wharfage

In the Heart of Another Country: The Diasporic Imagination in the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection

Featuring From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Organised by Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Sharjah Art Foundation, curated by Omar Kholeif.

The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition, 2011

An exhibition that builds upon photos of another exhibition that was made of photos of....

You Are Now

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.

Watch and Chill

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Museum of Contemporary Art & Design
DRIVE-IN THEATER

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Watch and Chill
M+
West Kowloon Cultural District

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Watch and Chill
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

As If - III Country of the Sea

A journey with CAMP’s five-year Wharfage project and related maritime explorations.

March Meeting 2014

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 at March Meeting, Sharjah

CAMP was invited to present its ongoing and upcoming projects at March Meeting, Sharjah.

13th -15th March 2009
Multaqa - Al Qasba
Sharjah

The Annotated Gujarat and the Sea and Wharfage

Mapping Asia

Al Jaar Qabla al Daar at Sharjah Biennial 10

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.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 2013

Feature-length film 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.

CAMP After Media Promises

Nam June Paik Art Center Prize

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

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.

A PASSAGE THROUGH PASSAGES: On Roads in South Asia

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.

Wharfage

At first, a project on the creek in Sharjah in 2009, from where a large number of ships leave for Somali ports.



Into the Midst Workshop

Months long workshop initiated by a group of artists in and around Delhi. To analyse contemporary mediation and media theory as a general phenomenon, to discuss emerging practice and theory, and to produce new work.
Part 1 @Sarai, April 20-22, 2024

Broken Cameras

featuring
The Neighbour Before the House
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar
الجار قبل الدار

What the Cameras Saw and Remembered

Two films by CAMP
Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbour before the House)
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Captial Circus (2009)

in
The Unfaithful Octopus
at
MAIIAM Contemporary

To See is To Change

with Bombay Tilts Down (2022) and A Photogenic Line, (2019) as part of Photo 24, Melbourne.
In this pair of large-scale works, CAMP explore two sides of their practice; one that produces experimental film and video, often with unusual equipment and angles of participation, and another that creates and animates archives of moving images, documents and photography.

Closing Party! BOMBAY TILTS DOWN

Low-End Therapy
By Swadesi crew Kaali Duniya (Bamboy/Tushar Adhav) with guest MC's Kranti Naari, Pratika, MC Mawali, Khabardar Revolt.
BassBrahma and RaakShas Sound
Equality on the dance floor.

READING LISTENING SEEING Bombay Tilts Down

A tour of the work with CAMP in three acts.
12 January 7 pm, ft. Bamboy
13 January 6 pm
14 January 7:30 pm
20 January 7 pm

Bombay Tilts Down in Mumbai!

7-channel environment. 13 mins, on loop with two alternating soundtracks

A vertical landscape movie in facets. Filmed remotely by one CCTV camera from a single-point location atop a 35-floor building on E. Moses Road during the pandemic.

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