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These art works have evolved out of the research material excavated and collated under the Cinema City project. They can be called research art works where the art functions as the primary reader of the research.  The marks of splices between the research and the art are made visible as the navigator in this set of works.

The Western Suburb

The Western Suburb:

Video installation with 13 monitors and one projection on acrylic sheets, Size: (minimum) floor space – 15 ft x 20 ft
Videos by Avijit Mukul Kishore, Mamta Murthy and Rikhav Desai. Design by Kausik Mukhopadhyay. Research by Design Cell, KRVIA

The video installation traces the network of production units, hidden in holes the walls, that produce cinema – costume maker, wig maker, prop rental, rain and smoke maker, stud farm, banner painter, set manufacturer, light rental, animal farm.. the work places the hidden labours and artisanal inputs in the panoramic scape of the city.

The videos run with an audio track that connects the labour in the cinema to the films based on the city and to the city itself.



Bioscope: Interactive sculpture  of wood and acrylic sheets, Size: 6 ft x 6 ft x 4 ft height

By Kaushik Mukhopadhyay with Amruta Sakalkar,

Text: Madhusree Dutta

This is a tribute to the beginning of motion picture at the turn of the previous century. Inside the bioscope rotates three layers of images of the city and the urban icons. In the foreground is a mechanical device that can be activated by the viewer/s by pressing a switch. The device churns snippets from history, oral testimonies and anecdotes on the growth of the city and evolution of its cinema, and then displays them in random orders.As the viewer plays with the bioscope s/he proactively gets involved in re-configuring the history.



Imaginary/Tactile: Sculptural installation on wood and video projection, Size: 5 ft x 5 ft x 11 ft height

Architecture: Apurva Parikh Graphics: Simran Dhaliwal, Motion Graphics: Abeer Gupta

Research: Paroma Sadhana and Savitri Medhatul

The Studio: A factory  space that accumulates material as residuals of filmmaking.

The Theatre: A shrine that invokes social and personal associations and memories.

These two establishments/spaces stand on two ends of cinema culture. The studio space converts the accumulated material into spectacles that turns the familiar objects into distant and desirable. Whereas the theatre creates a sensorial experience for its patrons that makes the distant insinuates into familiar and accessible. The whole process resembles a mirror maze – a journey from a convex mirror to a concave mirror. It can even be like a belief system that inverts the notion of distant and familiar.

This installation is an attempt to corporealized this journey from units to accumulation to dissemination and familiar to distant to familiar. 


Cinema City Lived

Cinema City Lived : A dossier on a table in a ware house

By Design Cell, KRVIA

Editor: Rohan Shivkumar, Text: Hansa Thapliyal, Lay Out: Abhinav Shaw

An anthology of passages traversed by cinema citizens and cinema goods across the metropolis of Bombay. The protagonists are the labyrinths, the cross sections and the holes in the walls that produce atomic units of cinema and then move through the city to accumulate into India’s most adored public institution – Hindi cinema.  The book traces the Cinema City assembly line by mapping spaces of Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, Distribution, Display and Archiving/Recycling, that co-exist with other livelihood practices in the urban topography. There are stories of migration, labour and aspiration within a transforming economy as it adjusts to new forces and technologies of globalization.

The sweat of labour and the aspiratory imagination, the issue of migration and the contested citizenship, the livelihood and the entertainment get overlapped and become an undistinguishable mass in Cinema City.


Pipeline Network

Pipeline Network: Architectural installation with PVC pipes with graphics and objects in multiple formats

By Design Cell, KRVIA

The pipeline network is conceived as the stitching pattern that holds the map of the cinema city together – production units, shooting studios, exhibition theatres, represented locations and their mutuality.


Table of Miscellany

Table of Miscellany: Collaborative compilation and installation of photographs, texts, maps

Installation: Shikha Pandey & Paroma Sadhana

Books that are not written, magazines that are fossilized, maps that are constantly being altered, texts that are fluid, photos that capture the ephemeral — all collated within a structure that is a library-cum-laboratory look-alike. The monochromatic formality of the structure and the fleeting characteristics of the objects represent the inherent frictions in the proclamation of archiving the contemporary.