Reena Katz, Jesal Kapadia & Brian McCarthy, and Naeem Mohaiemen
In collaboration with Pad.ma
April 10 – April 26, 2014
Performance, Lecture and Discussion
with Jesal Kapadia & Brian McCarthy, Naeem Mohaiemen, Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:00 pm
Working in and out of the archive presents the results of commissioned explorations of the Pad.ma online archive, with contributions by Reena Katz, Jesal Kapadia & Brian McCarthy, and Naeem Mohaiemen, in consultation and collaboration with Pad.ma representatives Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran.
Pad.ma – short for Public Access Digital Media Archive – is an online platform that aims to reimagine the shape, form and function of an archive. It consists primarily of footage, not completed films, and its focus is not only collecting images but enhancing those materials with an array of textual annotation and unique visualization possibilities. Focused on material from India, Pad.ma contains more than 1,200 hours of footage, all of which is searchable, viewable and free to use for non-commercial applications.
As a means of exploration – looking at its contents, structures, and possibilities – Gallery TPW, Pad.ma and Images Festival invited a group of artists to respond to the archive. Naeem Mohaiemen is digitizing an unedited collection of 40 Hi-8 tape interviews he shot in Bangladesh in 1993–1994 – a project that had been abandoned in the face of a personal reckoning about the “good war.” Reena Katz will present a series of audio performances centred on dialogue from the 1983 film Razia Sultan. Working through keywords, videos, annotations, still images and audio files, Jesal Kapadia and Brian McCarthy will evoke a possible imaginary of counter-or alter-development: what radical perception of the preconditions of capitalist “development” do activist media make possible? Their reassembly of the archive will provide a model for a revisualization of inhabitation, territory, memory, and collectivity within the context of contemporary land and housing contestations in India. The artists’ inquiries into Pad.ma will manifest in online edits, performance gestures, and guided tours of specific material in the archive, viewable online at the gallery.
These inquiries into Pad.ma will manifest in online edits, guided tours of specific material in the archive and new texts viewable online at the gallery for the duration of the festival as well as a discursive event pairing a conversation about the project with performances and talks by some of the artists.