Screening and discussion with Shaina Anand (CAMP)
Friday, 18 Oct 2013
Hum Logos is a text-audio film based on the Radia Tap(e)s. These tapes have been described as essential listening for anyone wanting to be a journalist in India. Debates around the tapes and their authenticity have often asked whether they were edited or not, whether they were “spliced” or “fake”. This work asks instead, what further editing or rearrangement might do. Or what could we hear, in another composition. We are led to a different kind of experience from, on the one hand, voyeuristic bytes replayed endlessly on TV and on the other the “data” that has thus far become available. In the film, a broad spectrum of rhetorical devices: lies, cries, memes, schemes, pen drives, bad networks and family feuds, can be heard pulsing through the nervous system of Indian democracy.
CAMP is a collaborative studio founded in Bombay in 2007 by Shaina Anand, Sanjay Bhangar and Ashok Sukumaran. It combines art and non-art, film, video, software, open-access archives and public programming with broad interests in technology, film and theory. CAMP likes to work on long-term, complex projects that nest in their contexts. From their home base in Chuim village, Bombay, CAMP are co-initiators of the online footage archive http://pad.ma, the new cinema archive http://indiancine.ma, the Wharfage project on the Indian Ocean, and a constellation of other projects, events and symposia they host. Their recent feature-length experimental documentary From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf is part of a four-year project across the Arabian Sea and its littorals. Upcoming screenings include at the BFI London Film Festival, Underdox Munich, DocLisboa and the Viennale, among others