Al Jaar Qabla al Daar: Screening & Discussion
16 Jul 2011
2:00PM - 4:00PM
New York, NY 10002
Saturday, July 16, 2pm
The Neighbor before the House is a series of video probes by CAMP (Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran, and Nida Ghouse, with Mahmoud Jiddah, Shereen Barakat, and Mahasen Nasser-Eldin) into the landscape of East Jerusalem. Shot with a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) security camera, these images show that before and after instrumental “surveillance” there is inquisitiveness, jest, memory, desire, and doubt that pervade the project of watching. Often the image leads the commentary. At other times, narrative spills out first and the live camera operator seeks an image that might provide evidence. Palestinian residents evaluate what they see, and reflect on the nature of their distance from others. They observe nearby archeological digs, their homes, the West Bank barrier, both near and far settlement activity, and other seemingly mundane aspects of the relentless occupation of East Jerusalem. The project unfolded over a month in neighborhoods and homes in the Old City, Sheikh Jarrah, and Silwan, and in other areas of Greater Jerusalem, including Beit Hanina and Azariyah. The project stems from earlier work by CAMP and Shaina Anand around critical documentary, participation, and surveillance systems.
Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran in Residence
Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran work individually and collectively with other artists, programmers, filmmakers, and theoreticians to investigate access to local communities, the transmission of information, and the implications of technology in the context of economic globalization. Anand and Sukumaran, together with Sanjay Bhangar founded CAMP in 2007 as a space “in which ideas and energies gather, and become interests and forms.” With 0×2620, Berlin; the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore; Majlis, and Point of View, Mumbai, CAMP also initiated PAD.MA, Public Access Digital Media Archive, a searchable, viewable online archive of annotated video material, primarily footage, and not completed films, free to download for non-commercial use. PAD.MA opens up a set of images, intentions, and effects present in video footage, and resources that conventions of video-making, editing, and spectatorship have tended to suppress or leave behind. During their residency, Anand and Sukumaran will introduce their practices through a series of public programs and conduct research that will inform their contributions to the “The Generational,” the second New Museum Triennial, opening in February 2012.
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