Week 02, Wednesday  Nov 2. Topic: art’s  relationship with the document and documentary

Where: P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

readings for this session

Schavemaker, M. & Rakier, M. 2008. Right about now: art & theory since the 1990s, Valiz Publishers: Amsterdam.

Chapter: Documentary strategies, pp 94-115

[download pdf] documentary-strategies

Session topic: Indian Arts on Film

What makes a successful documentary about art? What specific issues arise when translating the visual arts onto film? How far do different cultural contexts require different approaches? This seminar brings together documentary filmmakers and arts theorists from India and UK to explore these questions and discuss a range of approaches. Following this, two Indian arts documentaries by Arun Khopkar will be screened

Here’s the link to the week’s events:


Day’s session
2/11/2011 17:00 to 18:30 Indian Arts on Film
Round table with Arun Khopkar, Partha Mitter and John Wyver. Chaired by Rosie Thomas
Cayley Lecture Theatre, University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus
19:00 to 20:40 Screening: FIGURES OF THOUGHT, Arun Khopkar, 33 min, 1990
Screening: VOLUME ZERO, Arun Khopkar, 59 min, 2008
20:40 to 21:00 Q&A with the filmmaker

Other sessions worth attending:

Small Hall/ Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building (Main Building)
4/11/2011 9:30 to 10:00 Movements of everyday political/aesthetic practice – emergencies, revolutions and the paradoxes of involvement
Introduction by Nicole Wolf
10:00 to 11:30 Trajectories of Participation
Deepa Dhanraj in conversation with Nicole Wolf
11:45 to 13:30 Dialogues in movement, poetry and song
Interventions and Discussion with: Saba Dewan, Rajula Shah, Deepa Dhanraj, Rahul Roy, chaired by Nicole Wolf
15:00 to 16:30 Inside/Outside
Margaret Dickinson in conversation with Ros Gray, with film clips
17.00 to 18.30 Involved subjectivities and precarious evidence – A preliminary concluding panel
Interventions and Closing Discussion with Rahul Roy, Margaret Dickinson and Rajula Shah
Old Theatre, Ground Floor Old Building
5/11/2011 9:30 to 09:40 Global Migrations, Labour and Activism
Introduction by Laura Bear
09:40 to 10:45 Session A: Global Migration and the Labour of Film
Screening: MY MIGRANT SOUL, Yasmine Kabir, 34 min, 2000
Yasmine Kabir for discussion and question and answer
10:45 to 11:45 Session B: Migration, Translation and Activism
Mao Mollona (showing segments of Steel Lives and of recent collaborative work in Brazil with steel workers, a visual artist Daria Martin and a choreographer from the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ based in Rio de Janeiro to generate fictional narratives)
Discussion and Q&A session
12:00 to 13:10 Session C: Circulation and the Labour of Construction and Destruction
Screening: THE BURNING STOMACH, Laura Bear, 20 min, 2011
Screening: THE LAST RITES, Yasmine Kabir, 17 min, 2008
Discussion and Q&A
5/11/2011 14:00 to 16:00 The Underbelly of the Indian Boom: a spectrum of media representations
Introduction by Radha D’Souza and Alpa Shah
Session A: Mining and Development
Simon Chambers in conversation with Alpa Shah about different representations of adivasis, mining and development in India.
Screening: INDIA POISED, Times of India, 2 min, 2007
Screening: Promotional film on a steel plant in Kalinga Nagar, Orissa by Tata, 10 min, undated
Screening: BEFORE DARK, Ajay T. G., 10 min, 2010
Screening: COWBOYS IN INDIA, Simon Chambers, 30 min (shorter version), 2009
5/11/2011 16:30 to 17:15 Session B: Human Rights Activism and Radical Politics
Deepa Dhanraj in conversation with Radha D’Souza about the making of her film, The Advocate, Chaired by Rahul Roy
CLIPS from The ADVOCATE, Deepa Dhanraj, 2007
17:15 to 18:00 Session C: Poverty and Resistance
Chaired by Margaret Dickinson
Screening: WHY I AM NOT BPL, Ajay T. G., 10 min, 2011
Open Discussion chaired by Simon Chambers
Old Theatre, Ground Floor Old Building
6/11/2011 13:00 to 14:50 Urban Dreams: Public Cultures, Sexuality and Pleasure
Introduction by Laura Bear/Ziba Mir Hosseini
Session A: Freedoms of the City: The Public Cultures of Masculinity
Screening: MAJMA, Rahul Roy, 54 min, 2001
Discussion with Rahul Roy and Q&A
15:00 to 15:40 Session B: Dreams of the City: the public cultures of popular film
Lotte Hoek (showing segments of Bangladeshi action films and the films she made of filmmakers to reflect on the circulation of images, sensory pleasure and cityscapes)
16:00 to 17:30 Session C: Freedoms of the City: the public cultures of female performance
Screening: DELHI-MUMBAI-DELHI, Saba Dewan, 63 min, 2006
Discussion with Saba Dewan and Q&A
Ziba Mir Hosseini in conversation with Saba Dewan and Rahul Roy
Room 16 (First Floor Main Building)
7/11/2011 10:00 to 20:00 Video installation (time looped): THE WARKARI CYCLE by Lucia King
Khalili Lecture Theatre
7/11/2011 10:00 to 11:15 Contesting divides: folk music and performance cultures in contemporary documentary film
Screening: WORD WITHIN THE WORD, Rajula Shah, 74 min, 2008
11:30 to 13.00 Session 1: Within and Without: Camera as Compass
Rajula Shah & Lucia King in conversation about “Word Within the Word” and installation by Lucia King
14:00 to 16:00 Screening: THE OTHER SONG, Saba Dewan, 120 min, 2009
16:30 to 18:00 Session 2: Situating Marginalized Performance Practice through Documentary Practice
Saba Dewan discusses “The Other Song”  and other films of this tripych moderated by Lucia King
18:00 to 18:45 Viewing time to visit the VIDEO INSTALLATION at Room 116 (First Floor Main Buiding, SOAS)
18:45 to 20:00 Session 3: The cultural narrative and the respons(e)ability of the filmmaker
Round table with Saba Dewan, Lucia King, Mairead McClean and Rajula Shah
Room 16 (First Floor Main Building)
8/11/2011 10:00 to 20:00 Video installation (time looped): THE WARKARI CYCLE by Lucia King
Khalili Lecture Theatre
8/11/2011 10:00 to 12:00 Audiences and Documentary – focus South India
Conversation with Deepa Dhanraj, Giulia Battaglia, Stephen Hughes and Ravi Vasudevan
Screening: 16mm – MEMORIES, MOVEMENT AND A MACHINE, K.R. Manoj, 40 min, 2007
13:00 to 16:00 Ethnographic film and documentary filmmaking in India
Screening: THE CITY BEAUTIFUL, Rahul Roy, 78 min, 2003
Rahul Roy in conversation with Stephen Hughes
16:30 onwards Unequal relations: filmmaker/film subject/spectator
A  Concluding Panel with with Deepa Dhanraj, Saba Dewan, Yasmine Kabir, Rajula Shah and Rahul Roy. Chaired by Alisa Lebow

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