Over the next 4 months, CAMP will begin working on a number of coding / website projects. For all of these, we invite collaborations, and programmers looking for challenging contexts.
The projects include, but are not limited to:
1> India Theatre Forum: Working with Prithvi Theatre and the
India Theatre Forum, the endeavour is to create a network / platform
for theatre professionals across the country. Alongwith aiming to
re-evaluate a number of 'web 2.0', and 'social
networking' features, the challenge is to translate these concepts into
practical and usable frame-works. This will include experimenting with
SMS and phone-based communication. Technologies we we will use are
2> Edgware Road. A website that organises ongoing research via its backend, and then publishes quarterly a set of "documents", which are produced and edited by people on the Edgware Road, a mixed arab/iranian/kurdish/asian/other neighbourhood in london. The website also is an experiment with online layouting/ design, and "print from web" technologies for things like posters, printed placemats and a magazine.
3> Working with architects and researchers from CRIT (http://crit.org.in), this project will put online, in its first phase, detailed data collected by CRIT for the Vasai-Virar region in Mumbai - heritage structures, ecological zones, village boundaries, roads, etc. In it's second phase, if all goes well, the interface would be extended to be a public interface for all of Mumbai. Technologies we would be working with include Python, Geodjango, PostGIS and OpenLayers.
4> Inventory: Over the years, CAMPers have accumulated a lot of stuff- kilometres of cable, tiny connectors of all sorts, microcontrollers, audio, video and projection equipment, bookshelves about art, programming, film, hundreds of DV tapes, terabytes of data on hard-drives... This project is, first, to index this range of 'things' into a common searchable database, so we don't spend half our lives looking for things :-). Second, it is to explore ways in which this index and its material can be presented as a public "library", in which a number of forms of distribution may be possible: exchange, lending, copying, buying, etc. Further, to explore similar possibilities for other people / groups with collections of material, of any type. The Internet of Things, revisited.
We are using bzr (bazaar) as our versioning tool.
You can get the code at http://code.camputer.org
(more details and random notes soon ... )
A roof-top that has been active for ten years.
A never-ending project housed at CAMP around peoples histories of Bombay-Mumbai.
A space we built and run with others, located in the R and R colony of Lallubhai Compound, Mumbai.
Save the Dates!
60 minute film produced with the National Coastwatch Institution, Folkestone, Kent, UK.
showing at the NCI cabin at Copt Point (10:30 am - 5:00 pm) and in pubs in Folkestone harbour,
as part of the Folkestone Triennial upto September 25, 2011.
Saturday or Sunday evening screenings through winter, exploring footage both within and outside the usual capsule of "the film". An experience that could be similar to watching films, or at other times harder to digest, or slower to release, closer to the moment of shooting, less censorious, and less fearful of finitude. Another life, another world of viewing and listening experiences is always possible.
CAMP is involved in a 2-year "print-from-web" project, linked to its own investigations of the infrastructures of commerce and pleasure in this part of London. As part of the first "block study", we looked at several buildings and their ownership and use histories, and produced a series of tablemats.
The web-based part of the project resides at http://edgwareroad.org. This website collects materials from various such "studies", conducted by us and others, which then are collaboratively edited and published in a number of physical forms: volumes, pamphlets and placemats. This is an ongoing project, as part of the Serpentine Gallery's Public Program.
Ashok and Azeer spent some time thinking about and building the CAMP terrace roof structure, built in late 2009. Some of the designs that were sketched out are further below: a big requirement was some retractability, i.e. the ability to have a shading roof in the day but to have it open/ partially open at night, for things like screenings under the stars.
الجار قبل الدار
“The Neighbour before the House” is a series of video probes into the landscape of East Jerusalem. Shot with a 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. 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.