Cinema City is simultaneously porous, translucent, transient, gated, abstract and ghettoized. In order to engage with the multiplicity and plasticity of this unique configuration a set of dialogues are set across disciplines, sectors, languages, methodologies and lands beyond the canons of Urban Study and Film Study.
Bombay Launch of the book Cinema Theatres in Bombay / Mumbai: A Dossier. (A follow up on Project Cinema City 2009-2014)
Edited by Paroma Sadhana; Designed by Afrah Shafiq; A Majlis and UDRI publication, 2015, Rs. 300/-
on 17th-18th January 2015
at Matterden CFC, The Deepak, 38 NM Joshi Marg, Delisle Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013
Official release by Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra Shri. DM Sukthankar. Followed by a panel discussion comprising of Madhusree Dutta (Curator Project Cinema City), Pankaj Joshi (Executive Director, UDRI) and Punit Shah (Owner, Deepak Talkies).
Followed by an evening of video, photo and map installations.
Additional attraction is a guided walk through the restored Deepak Talkies / The Deepak, the grand single screen cinema since 1926.
The exhibition will be on display on 17th & 18th January 2015, from 10 am to 10 pm on both days.
Public Lectures on Cinema City by
Paroma Sadhana on Cinema Theatres in Bombay / Mumbai
Rohan Shivkumar on the Archetypal Spaces of Cinema in Mumbai
Avijit Mukul Kishore on Construction of Cinematic Spaces through the Camera Lens
Public Lecture by Madhusree Dutta – Cinema: a Public Sphere of the City
Delhi launch of the book
PROJECT CINEMA CITY
edited by Madhusree Dutta, Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar; designed by Sherna Dastur; published by Tulika Books with Majlis and Goethe Institute, 2013, Rs.3500/-
on Sunday, 16 February 2014, 6 pm
at Max Mueller Bhavan
3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001
Screening of Sin City (director: Shrikant Agawane)
Release of the book by Vivan Sundaram, guest of honour
Project Introduction: Writing / Shooting the City – Avijit Mukul Kishore and Madhusree Dutta
Panel discussion: Ravi Vasudevan, Tushar Joag, Sherna Dastur and Kaushik Bhaumik (moderator)
‘Vicky’, a performance piece by Tadpole Repertory (Director: Neel Chaudhuri)
Documentary, once related to a fixed anthropological gaze and didactic strategy, has come a long way to be a discipline comprising multiple practices and disperse forms. Some of these developments have happened due to the democratisation of technology but a substantial part of it is also connected with the general change in the perceptions of the world order that fix the meanings of – fact, truth and representation.
Today the myriad practices of documentary as well as documentary look-alike endeavors– in the form of films, installations, news, surveillance, games, apps etc., and serving to fiction, investigation, polemics, libidinal fantasy, archeological curiosity, ideological propaganda, imaginary memories, market campaign and so on – present itself not as a definite tool but as a fluid operational choice. As a response to this phenomenon Project Cinema City, a multi-disciplinary and collaborative project to explore various configurations of the city and its cinema, has tagged itself as Research Art and Documentary Practices. The project included exercises in collating, speculating, producing, exhibiting and publishing through interfaces between multiple practices and disciplines. The expansive project was developed through five years and involved more than 100 artists, filmmakers, architects and social scientists.
On the occasion of the release of the anthology Project Cinema City and in the back drop of MIFF documentary film festival we are organising this panel to contemplate the various ways documentary is being practiced in the contemporary art, intellectual and political world. The two books – Project Cinema City and dates.sites Bombay / Mumbai will provide the base line for the discussion.
Panel: Nicole Wolf (researcher and curator), Pushpamala N (Visual Artist), Avijit Mukul Kishore (cinematographer and filmmaker), Madhusree Dutta (filmmaker and curator, Project Cinema City), Rohan Shivkumar (architect and co-editor, Project Cinema City).
Moderator: Surabhi Sharma (filmmaker)
Follwed by a Q&A session
Presentation by Madhusree Dutta – Project Cinema City: Labour, Aspiration and Space Use
The event also marked the wrap up of Project Cinema City: Research Art and Documentary Practices.
dates.sites is a graphic timeline of the 20th century Bombay / Mumbai and its public cultures anchored to its most adored public institution – Cinema. Authored by Madhusree Dutta and designed by Shilpa Gupta, Tulika Books, Delhi 2012, Rs. 995/-.
Project Cinema City is an anthology of the multidisciplinary project with written and graphic essays, annotations of art works and films, maps and oral testimonies. Eds. Madhusree Dutta, Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar, designed by Sherna Dastur, Tulika Books, Delhi and Goethe Institute, 2013, Rs.3500/-.
Public Exhibition at Kala Ghoda rampart (The show will be open from 10-12 January)
Bioscope – cinema/city/modernity by Kausik Mukhopadhay,
The Calendar Project: 56 calendars by Multiple Artists
Cinema City Lived: Pipeline Network by Design Cell, KRVIA
Welcome address by Dr. Martin Walde, Director, MMB Mumbai
Introduction by Rohan Shivkumar, Co-editor, Project Cinema City
Release of the books by Nalini Malani, eminent visual artist and P K Nair, noted archivist and founder of National Film Archive of India.
Address by Guest of Honour: Prof. Arjun Appadurai.
Recess: Tea and browsing through the books.
Readings from the books and discussion
Contributors: Madhusree Dutta, Paromita Vohra, Prasad Shetty and Bishakha Datta
Discussants: Meenal Baghel, Kaiwan Mehta and Sooni Taraporewala
Moderator: Kaushik Bhaumik
Follwed by a Q&A session
Project Cinema City
Foreword by Arjun Appadurai
Eds. Madhusree Dutta, Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar
Tulika Books, New Delhi
December 2013, 560 pages
Project Cinema City is an anthology of text and image essays, documentation transcripts, maps, graphics, annotated artworks and films on various configurations of the cinema and the city of Bombay/Mumbai. The book will be released on 9th December, 5pm at IFFK (International Film Festival of Kerala) by eminent filmmakers Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Harun Farocki. The release will be followed by readings from the book and a panel discussion with the editors, visual artist Ayisha Abraham and film scholar Dr C S Venkiteswaran. We especially look forward to the Q & A session following this.
Madhusree Dutta, the author of dates.sites Bombay/Mumbai, in conversation with Regina Wrywoll about the ways in which a ‘timeline’ can be represented in text.
An evening around the book dates.sites, organized by Max Mueller Bhavan, Bengaluru and Majlis Manch, Bombay.
dates.sites: Project Cinema City Bombay/Mumbai; authored by Madhusree Dutta, Designed by Shilpa Gupta and Madhusree Dutta, Tulika Books, Delhi, 2012
Welcome Address by Christoph Bertrams; Director, MMB Bangalore
From Cinema City to dates.sites: presentation by Madhusree Dutta (producer/curator of Project Cinema City)
Film screening: Dhananjay Kulkarni “Chandragupt”, Dir. Rrivu Laha (10 mnts) – A film writer impersonates as night watchman
Panel discussion: Ayisha Abraham (visual artist), Indira Chowdhuri (archivist) and Manu Chakravarthy (cultural study scholar). Moderator: Arshia Sattar (cultural theorist)
Reading from the book by Arundhati Nag
17-18-19 November, Bar 1 Studios, no. 69/3 Mission Road, 6-7.30pm
To commemorate Project Cinema City show at NGMA Bengaluru (3rd November to 2nd December, except on Mondays and national holidays) BAR 1 Studios holds a special programme on Other Cinema Cities as a dialogue between experiences in Bangalore and Bombay. It consists of a film programme curated by Hansa Thapliyal and a related show of art works by Bangalore artists.
17 November, 6-8pm
Looking for Amitabh by Meenakshi Shedde (2003, 5 mnts
Sandra from Bandra by Paromita Vohra (2005, 18mnt)
The Channel V promo: Gheun Tak (2mnts)
Nusrat Has Left the Building … but When? By Farjad Nabi (1997, 20 mnts)
Swambhabhami YugeYuge (I shall be recycled again and again) by Madhusree Dutta (2003, 4 mnts)
Dark room by Renu Savant (2009, 10mnt)
Nasik by Kamal Swaroop (2007, 20mnt)
18 November, 6-8pm
I live in Manipur, I go to school in Korea by Mamta Murthy (2010, 6 mnts)
Videokaaran by S.Jagannathan (2011, 73 mnts)
19 November , 6-8pm
7 Islands and a Metro by Madhusree Dutta (2006, 100 mnts) (Filmmaker will be present for discussion)
Art Show on Other Cinema Cities: Works by multiple artists Suresh Kumar Gapalareddy, Christph Storz, Bharatesh Yadav, Joseph Khaksouri.
Conversations on Ways of Mapping the City.
Session 1, 11am-1pm
Urban Intervention: Art, Activism and Collective: Deepa Dhanraj, filmmaker; Nam Ismail, journalist, Arvind Narain of Alternative Law Forum and Madhusree Dutta, filmmaker and curator of Project Cinema City
Session 2, 2-4pm
(Re)presenting City: Subverting the Popular: Atul Dodiya, visual artist; Archana Hande, visual artist and co-curator of Project Cinema City; Pushpamala N., visual artist and Shantamani, visual artist. Moderator: Suresh Jayaram, visual artist and art critic.
Welcome address by Suresh Jayaram; Introduction by Madhusree Dutta
Researching found image / text: Presentation by Paroma Sadhana and Shikha Pandey
Discussants: Christoph Storzch, visual artist; Ram Sinam, graphic designer; Shilpa Gupta, visual artist and designer of the book and Anil Kumar, art historian
Welcome Note by Martin Waelde & Samita Sen
Introduction to Archives & the School of Women’s Studies, JU by Hardik Brata Biswas (Prof. Jadavpur University)
Cinema City, a presentation by Rohan Shivkumar (Architect, KRVIA)
Introduction to Project Cinema City by Madhusree Dutta (Producer/Curator)
Panel Discussion on the book:
Samita Sen (Professor, Jadavpur University)
Sadanand Menon (Photographer & Cultural Journalist)
Sarnath Bannerjee (Artist & Graphic Novelist)
Madhuja Mukherjee (Filmmaker)
Ruchir Joshi (Writer & Filmmaker)
Indira Chandrasekhar (Independent publisher, Tulika Books)
Introduction to Project Cinema City – What is Research Art and Documentary Practices?: Madhusree Dutta (Filmmaker & Curator of Project Cinema City)
Pushpamala N. (Visual Artist)
Vivan Sundaram (Visual Artist)
Kaushik Bhaumik (Film Historian)
Ranjani Mazumdar (Film Scholar)
Conversation on the book dates.sites Project Cinema City Bombay/Mumbai: Shohini Ghosh (media theorist) with Madhusree Dutta (Filmmaker & Curator)
Short Film Screening: Dark Room (Dir. Renu Savant)
Kaushik Bhaumik (Film Historian)
Anuradha Kapur (Theatre Director)
Rohan Shivkumar (Architect)
Moderated by Robin Mallick (Goethe Institut)
The Delhi Book Launch of dates.sites Bombay/Mumbai (Text by Madhusree Dutta, Design by Shilpa Gupta; Tulika Books, 2012)
Opening remarks by Neville Tuli
Introduction by Kaushik Bhaumik
Conversation between Madhusree Dutta and Shilpa Gupta, moderated by Lawrence Liang, on the making of the book
Release of the book by Dibakar Banerjee
Screening of video clips from Project Cinema City
A performative reading from the book by Maya Rao
Keynote Address I: The City of Festival: The Durga Puja of Contemporary Calcutta
Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
Respondent: Gulammohammed Sheikh, Artiste
Panel discussion: Archiving the Contemporary
Rohan Shivkumar, Architect, Deputy Director KRVIA
Lawrence Liang, Alternative Law Forum
Jyotindra Jain, Researcher, Museologist and former Dean of School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU
Chair: Ashish Rajadhyaksh, Film Historian and Senior fellow, Centre for Study of Culture and Society
Keynote Address II: Living Archive: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Director, Arsenal: Institute of Film and Video Art, Berlin
Respondents: Arghya Basu; Filmmaker and faculty of FTII, and Paromita Vohra, Filmmaker
Conversation: The City as Artwork/Archive
Artists of the Project Cinema City (Atul Dodiya, Anant Joshi, Archana Hande, Kausik Mukhopadhay, Pushpamala N., and Shreyas Karle) in conversation with Kaushik Bhaumik, Film historian and vice president, Osian’s – Connoisseurs of Art
Speakers: Ajit Duara, Gayatri Chatterjee, Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar; Chair: Madhusree Dutta
City Narratives: film/s on Bombay by Amrit Gangar
Multi-linguality of the City and Urban Literature by Mitra Mukherjee Parikh
Urbanity in Post-war Europe and Cinema of the Underground by Robin Mallik
Contemporary Art and the City: Conversation between Art Critic Girish Sahane with performance artist Nikhil Chopra
Writing the Bloodstream of the City: Talk on contemporary writings by Ranjit Hoskote
The Re-makes, Remixes and Re-circulations in Digital Era by Paromita Vohra
Performing urbanity: Bodies and performance conventions in urban Hindi cinema by Jerry Pinto
Digital Dialect: An overview of Manipuri cinema: presentation by Mamta Murthy
Imaging the City in Contemporary Documentary Practices by Surabhi Sharma
Validity of City Cinema in the 21st Century by George Jose
Exhibition of students’ dissertation works
An audit of the course by Madhusree Dutta
Conferring of certificates of participation by Sudhir Patwardhan
Presentations by the students
Closing remarks by Marla Stukenberg
Goodbye Lenin by Wolfgang Becker 2003 (Germany). Portrait of an East German family around the fall of Berlin wall.
Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard 1960 (France). Tale of a street smart crook and a female newspaper vendor on the streets of Paris. (Curtesy Alliance Francaise de Mumbai)
The Devil Strikes at Night by Robert Soidmak 1957 (Germany) Duration: 105 minutes. A serial killer is found to be a mentally deranged man and a staunch Nazi loyalist by the Gestapo officials.
Films on Bombay / Mumbai by Films Division. Duration: 90 minutes.
The Burning Sun by SNS Sastry
And Miles to Go by Sukhdev
Explorer by Pramod Pati
Arrival by Mani Kaul
Destination Bombay by G L Bharadwaj
Trip by Pramod Pati
Bhumika by Shyam Benegal 1977 (India). Duration: 142 Minutes. Based on Sangte Aika, the autobiography of the film star of ‘30s and ‘40s,Hansa Wadkar.
Memories of Underdevelopment by Tomas Gutiérrez Alea 1968 (Cuba). Duration: 97 Minutes. Caught in the intersection of a changing society in Cuba, immediately after the revolution, the protagonist from the elite strata watches life through a binocular.
An Autumn Afternoon Yasujiro Ozu, 1962, Japan. Duration: 112 minutes. The last film by the maestro, depicts the journey of an old patriarch who slowly comes in terms with the modernisation process and shifting of social values.
Panel Discussion on Cinematic Cities and City Cinema
Speakers: Madhusree Dutta, Rahul Srivastav and Sadanand Menon; Chair: Kaushik Bhaumik
Introduction to the project Cinema City by Madhusree Dutta
Framer Framed: Filmmaking practices. Paromita Vohra converses with Saeed Aktar Mirza.
‘Unreal City’: Poetic narratives and the cities. Readings from the works of Arun Kolatkar, Dilip Chitre, Namdev Dasal and Arundhati Subramanium. Moderated by Abhay Sardesai and Mitra Parikh.
Mapping Bodies in the city: Architect Rohan Shivkumar talks to visual artist Sudhir Patwardhan.
Panel Discussion on Cinema City
Speakers: Dorothee Wenner, Kaushik Bhaumik, Madhusree Dutta, Robin Mallik and Rohan Shivkumar; Chair: Nicole Wolf
Conversation with artist Atul Dodiya and art critic Ashish Rajadhyadhaksha
Screening of Certified Universal by Avijit Mukul Kishore, Have you Dreamt Cinema? by Hansa Thapliyal and Dhanajay Kulkarni ‘Chandragupt’ by Rrivu Laha; Discussion moderated by Paromita Vohra
Panel Discussion on What is Cinema City?
Speakers: Madhusree Dutta, Mamta Murthy and Rohan Shivkumar; Chair: George Jose
Screening of Dark Room by Renu Savant, Do Refique by Rafeeq Ellias and Sin City by Srikant Agawane; Discussion moderated by Surabhi Sharma