Wharfage


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

This arrow of trade (in which Foucault's heterotopic ship is not an escape from but an entry into the space of conflict) became our subject.  It offers an opportunity to think about how the "business of business" in this context may be better than the business of war, and how a "free port" created in Somalia by the lack of a customs regime, mirrored by Sharjahs' "cheap port", produces a "free trade" not governed by the WTO.  With conflict up ahead and economic crisis at its tail (and pirates in the middle), this movement of goods and their sailors may trace old trade routes, but maps out something new: a contemporary landscape of new and used objects, refrigerators, dentist chairs, pink limousines and baby food, labour, charcoal (the only bulk item on the return journey), Asian and African diasporas, and giant wooden ships being built in Salaya, Gujarat.

The project consists of two parallel pieces: Wharfage, a book containing two years of port records related to the Somali trade; 
and Radio Meena, four evenings of radio transmissions from the port in Sharjah, which broadcast in a 5+ kilometre radius songs, commentary, phone and ship radio conversations with ships in Salaya, in Bossaso and enroute, accounts from Gujarati sailors, loaders from Dera Gazi Khan and NWFP in Pakistan, Sikh truckers, Iranian shopkeepers, Somali trading agents. All of whom spoke hindustani (hindi+urdu) as a common language of the port.

The project is ongoing.

Wharfage is a CAMP project invited by the 9th Sharjah Biennial, 2009.
As part of the program "Past of the Coming Days",
curated by Tarek Abou el Fetouh.



CREDITS:

In Sharjah:
Production: Amna Ali Abdulla and Mohamed Tohami.

Data Entry and Translation: Khalid Abdul Khaleq Abdulla, Mohammed Al Ahdal
Mohammed Al Shaibani, Hala Al Hedeithy, Omar Arif, Alaa Edriss, Sameh Ghassan, Nada Al Jasmi, Khalid Mezaina, Noaf Yusif.

Manifests and port records:
with the cooperation of Jarsh Mohammed Jarsh, Ahmed Mohammed Iqbal, Esam Eisa Al Hashmi, Jamal Ahmed Abdalla Al Shaikh,  Abdul Rahman Saeed Bughanim, Ahmed Abdul Rahma, Ahmed Abdul Bughanim, Eisa Khalifa Bin Qasmoul, Majid Rahma Al Shamsi, Hamad Sultan Abu Shibs, Muneer Mukilapeedikayil from the Department of Seaport and Customs (Sharjah Creek Customs).

From CAMP:
Research and interviews: Shaina Anand, Nida Ghouse, Hakimuddin Liliyawala, Ashok Sukumaran, Samira Nadkarni.
Database Software: Sanjay Bhangar.
Texts: Ashok Sukumaran, Nida Ghouse, Shaina Anand.
Photographs:  Nida Ghouse, Hakimuddin Liliyawala , Shaina Anand (Sharjah), Samira Nadkarni (Salaya).
Copy Editing: Zinnia Ambarpardiwala, Samira Nadkarni.

Book design: Europa, London.
Printed at: Spenta Multimedia, Bombay.

This publication accompanies Radio Meena (100.3 FM), four days of radio broadcasts on the Sharjah Creek:

Radio Sound Engineer: Shuaib P.
Radio Voice / RJ: Ryan D' Souza, Hakimuddin Lillyawala.

With many thanks to:
Muhammad Rafiq and crew on M.S.V. Nazre Karam.
Abdul Rashid Bhaya, Adam Noor Mohammed Bhaya, Adam Bhaya, Gafur, Zubair, Abu Bakar, Ali and rest of the crew on M.S.V. Faize Sultane Khwaja.
Ibrahim bhai, Hamid bhai, Bashir Uthad, Osman and rest of the crew on M.S.V. Ghoushe Vashila
Akbar bhai on M.S.V. Madina Zulficar, Hussain Bhaya on M.S.V. Al Bismillah, Eesa Ali bhai on M.S.V. Ratna Sagar, Siddique Umar and Junis on M.S.V. Sabir Priya.
Mohammed Abdul Qadir and his father Abdul Qadir from Al Tayseer Shipping Company.
Mohammed Salat, Yusuf, Farrah and other  Somali Traders.
Saad Samir, Jack Persekian, Lara Khaldi, Khalid Mezaina, Noura Randle, Maya Nasser and Sevdar Khan at the Sharjah Biennial.
Mia Frostner and Paul Tisdell at Europa, London.
Catalina Lozano and Anna Colin at Gasworks, London.
Janna Graham at Serpentine Gallery, London.
Rob la Frenais and Gillean Dickie at Arts Catalyst, London.
Rishita Chandra and Minoo Davar at Spenta Multimedia Production, Mumbai.
Jan Gerber and Sebastian Lütgert at Pirate Cinema, Berlin.

Gallery: Wharfage [2]
Festival des Trois Continents

Celebrates its 40th year with an inventory of 40 films and a publication. CAMPs From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf along with films of Wang Bing, Edward Yang, Tsai Ming-Liang, Lav Diaz, Akram Zaatari, Lucrecia Martel, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Abbas Kiarostami...

An Oceanic Feeling

CAMP’s From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013) at the Len Lye Center Cinema, New Plymouth

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

at

The Ocean After Nature
YBCA, San Francisco
curated by Alaina Claire Feldman

Screening dates:
July 5, August 20 2016

Underdox 08 Munich

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
83"

at
Underdox: document and experiment
Werkstattkino, Munich
20:30, 16th October, 2013

at Documenta13

Two exhibitions:

The Boat Modes in a house in the Karlsaue Park
and with Pad.ma on Afghan Films, in the ex-elisabeth hospital/ex-chinese restaurant.

7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
83 mins

At Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival
Greek Film Archive Screening Room B
20:30 pm, 22nd October, 2013

The Annotated Gujarat and the Sea and Wharfage

Mapping Asia

Shanghai Biennale

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Social Factory: The 10th Shanghai Biennale
November 23, 2014–March 31, 2015
Power Station of Art
200 Huayuangang Rd
Shanghai
China

Verzio Budapest

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Budapest, 11 to 16 November, 2014

The Country of the Sea

Single-exposure solar cyanotype print on cotton fabric
2015
16 X 5 feet
at Experimenter, Kolkata
Raster-Emerging from the grid
November 18 to December 31, 2016

CAMP with Shunya Collective present a large solar cyanotype map of the sea, part of the long-term maritime project Wharfage.

Sekula beyond Sekula

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Film Program
Allan Sekula - Okeanos
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
TBA21, Vienna
Artists lecture
31st March, 2017

Olhar de Cinema

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Curutiba International Film Festival
New Views, International Competition
Curutiba, Brazil
28th May to June 5, 2014

Update: awarded the New Views prize.

The Ship and the Ship

Video lecture with materials from CAMP's ongoing Wharfage project, involving state records, seafarers and "free trade" between parts of the Persian Gulf, South Asia, and Africa.

by Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran
for
"Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea"
UCL, London,
Saturday, September 18, 2010,
10 am to 5 pm.
organised by Gasworks

FIDADOC

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Agadir International Documentary Festival
Algeria
28th april to 4ht May, 2014

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
2009-2013
Sharjah Biennial 11
March 13- May 13 2013
Film screening every evening 8 30 pm
at an open-air cinema on the corner of Bank Street and Corniche Road, Sharjah
Run-time 80 mins

Doc Lisboa'13

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at Doc Lisboa
28th and 31st October 2013

30th October Political Cinema Panel
1st November International Debate Passages

Viennale Vienna International Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at Viennale

2nd and 5th November, 2013

Cork Film Festival

Double Bill: Two films by CAMP


From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (83 mins)
and
The Neighbour Before the House (60 mins)

at the Cork Film Festival
November 12, 2013
Curated by Vassily Bourikas

BFI London Film Festival

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

83"

at
BFI London Film Festival
(moved to NFT 1)
South Bank, London
13th October, 2013
6:30 pm

Mobile M+ Moving Images

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

M+
Hongkong
13 March to 26 April 2015

Water in Indian Cinema

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

Tagore Centre for Global Thought
Kings College, London
January 31, 2017

The Ocean After Nature

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Samstag Museum of Art
Adelaide

Friday 3 March - Friday 9 June 2017

The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition

(An exhibition building upon photos of another exhibition, and more)

Migrating Forms

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Migrating Forms
Brooklyn Academy of Music
December 12, 7pm.
BAM Rose Cinemas

at FTII, Pune

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
at CRT
December 8th, 2013 at 9:00 pm
in the presence of the filmmakers and editor Sreya Chatterjee

Art Gallery Windsor

The Boat-Modes
in
Border Cultures: Part Two (work, labour)
Art Gallery Windsor
January 25 - April 13, 2014

Dhaka Art Summit

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Dhaka Art Summit
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
Experimental Film Programme
8th and 9th February 2014

52nd Ann Arbor Film Fest

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Friday, March 28th 2014
3:00 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor

Kino Museum Festival 2014

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
at
Museum for Modern Art in Warsaw
Sunday, March 23 2014
7:00 pm

Images Festival, Toronto

Opening Film
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
10th April 2014 7:00 pm
The Royal, Toronto

Museum of Hunting and Nature

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

at
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
Paris
November 19, 2014 7:30 pm

Porto/Post/Doc

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

at
Carte Blanche/FID Marseille
Porto/Post/Doc
December 13, 7:00 pm
Rivoli, Grand Auditorium
Porto

Film Program: Sun

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

at
Rupert, Vilnius
December 5, 7:00 pm

Transactions

Transactions
Manifesta Parallel exhibition
June 10 to July 13 2016
University of Zurich

Country of the Sea (2015)
CAMP in collaboration with Shunya Collective
single exposure cyanotype
17 feet x 5 feet

Hold (2016)
Plimsoll line, Printer, Paper, Manifests

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (2013)
HD, HDV, SDV, VHS, Cell-phone (variable) 83 mins

THIRD LITTLE CINEMA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Opening Film
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Goethe Institut, Kolkata
3 December, 2016
6:00 pm

Masterclass with Shaina Anand
TENT
(Theatre for Experiments with New Technologies)
4 Bipin Pal Road
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Keimena - documenta 14

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

The first in a series of curated films to be aired at midnight on Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation's public TV channel as part documenta 14 programming.

11:59 pm
December 19, 2016

Festival International de Cinema, Marseille

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
is showing at FID Marseille

July 2-8, 2013
Update: is awarded the Jury special mention
(International competition)

Mosiac Rooms

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

with an introduction by Edward Simpson, curated by Nada Raza


at Mosaic Rooms, London
14th April, 2016 7:00 pm

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

The Ocean After Nature
Grossman Gallery
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
January 26, 2017 – March 18, 2017

FICUNAM Mexico

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Feb 28th to March 6th 2014
at FICUNAM, Mexico

The Ocean After Nature

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf
Hugh Lane Dublin City Gallery
7th September to 7th January, 2018

Country of the Sea

CAMP at Transmediale 2018, Berlin with reprinted Wharfage, The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition and The Country of the Sea cyanotype.

Unpacking "Country of the Sea"

A non-imperial view from the 'Other Boat', counter to images of the 'distressed seas'. With a presentation and screening of From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf at Transmediale 2018.

The Annotated "Gujarat and the Sea" Exhibition

General Rehearsal A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA and KADIST



Evenings at CAMP Rooftop

A roof-top that has been active for ten years.

Past Present Future

A never-ending project housed at CAMP around peoples histories of Bombay-Mumbai.

R & R

A space we built and run with others, located in the R and R colony of Lallubhai Compound, Mumbai.

As If (I-V)

Save the Dates!

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

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

Indiancine.ma

Pad.ma has a sister project.

Electronic Ear Cleaning

A project of listening, including with our ears, to some materials that seem to not touch us directly, but make up our "environment".

The Country of the Blind, and Other Stories

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.

A Season of Footage and Films


CAMP presents
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.

The Edgware Road Project


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.

CAMP roof

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.

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