I'm forwarding this because we met Shaina and Ashok at ISEA, and I
think that they both have a particularly sophisticated understanding of
public space in relation to technology, which could inform this month's
theme a lot.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: shaina anand <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 27 October 2007 16:09:48 BST
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: CAMP Mumbai Launch Event
> Announcing the Launch Event of CAMP, Mumbai.
> Friday, November 2, 2007. 6:00 pm.
> at Jnanapravaha, 3rd floor Queens mansion, (opp. new Chemould),
> G. Talwatkar Marg
> Fort, Mumbai.-1
> CAMP is a new city-based initiative around art, media and technology
> practices, in collaboration with the Khoj International Artists
> CAMP's founding members are:
> Shaina Anand, filmmaker, artist and media activist, founder of
> Sanjay Bhangar, who trained in indymedia and urban studies, now works
> as an independent web developer and technology writer.
> Ashok Sukumaran, who trained as an architect and artist, and now
> develops speculative technical and conceptual projects. http://0ut.in
> The evening consists of an extended screening-cum-talk by the CAMP
> initiators, as an introduction to the context, politics and practices
> that CAMP will promote. This includes a discussion of Chitrakarkhana's
> ongoing work with alternative cable TV and CCTV systems, a social
> history of the internet in Bombay as told by Sanjay Bhangar, and Ashok
> Sukumaran's recent projects around electrical redistribution, and
> design. They will also discuss the CAMP program for this year, and
> invite participation in various forms.
> The program will be interrupted by refreshments.
> About CAMP:
> CAMP is a platform to organise, and then to do, things that are
> critical, egalitarian and inspirational, within the city. It seeks to
> promote such artistic and media practices that build interfaces
> between themselves and urban activities at various scales. This
> project is being undertaken with a broad shared experience (among CAMP
> members, its advisors and peers) of the "digital moment" of the past
> decade. CAMP promises bold interpretations of current socio-economic
> and technology contexts, and their various micro-political
> CAMP will begin its relationship with various Mumbai publics through
> 'weekends', fortnightly events that look intensively at specific
> histories, futures, and areas of multi-disciplinary collaboration. For
> example there are planned weekends around the history of broadcast as
> an artistic medium, on the art market, on building technological
> "confidence", on censorship, on local-area networks, on various kinds
> of maps, rooftop "real-estate" surveys and so on, mostly with an
> orientation towards practitioners and projects.
> While CAMP is beginning with such small-scale activities, it also
> seeds two long term projects:
> a) New Documentary: On the future of the documentary image, in times
> of video's material abundance.To produce, receive and redistribute
> video by adopting a range of existing technigues and technologies.
> This is related to chitrakarkhana's ongoing work, and will address a
> range of artistic, ethical and pragmatic questions around video.
> b) On Design: on what "making things for others" means now, when you-
> and i- can both seemingly contribute. The project will engage with
> questions of "participation" and of how knowledge moves across
> different forms, through institutional and pedagogic interventions
> into the broad field of activity presently known as Design.
> And finally, on its name: CAMP has various possible "backronyms", a
> large number in fact. This came from our inability to claim a singular
> identity within a field of ideas, to say that this and not that, is
> what will actually happen with CAMP. For more see
Beryl Graham, Professor of New Media Art
School of Arts, Design, Media and Culture, University of Sunderland
Tel: +44 191 515 2896 [log in to unmask]
CRUMB web resource for new media art curators