ARTSOME Exhibition

"As If-I Rock, Paper, Scissors" by CAMP opens on January 7 at Experimenter, Kolkata, India

Experimenter presents Rock, Paper, Scissors, the first in the series of four shows titled As If, by CAMP.

In Rock, Paper, Scissors, the usual roles of subject, medium and author are undone, and they struggle with each other on an equal plane. These are early, formative works by members of CAMP. Windscreen is from 2002, and has never been recreated. It renders video as a physical force, as well as lure and trap. Capital Circus consists of actions followed by 208 CCTV cameras inside the largest mall in Europe, in the city centre of Manchester in 2008. This reworking of the roles of camera operators, publics and CCTV itself yields recordings which are here edited into a film, exhibited recently at the MoMA, Anthology Film Archives and Flaherty Seminar New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Khirkeeyaan took place in the Khirkee neighbourhood of Delhi in 2006, during a residency at Khoj. It involved near and far neighbours talking to each other over household, shop and factory-basement television sets. Khirkeeyaan was part of a historical survey of artists interventions into broadcasting at the AV Festival in 2008 and has been shown at the Power Plant Toronto, Frankfurt Kunstverein, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Dusseldorf, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter Oslo, Cornerhouse Manchester, Hatton Gallery Newcastle, Sarai Delhi etc, and was recently part of Tales from the Networked Neighbourhood: The Cinema of CAMP with Filmmaker Festival, Milan.

“In expressions like Kelucharan as Radha, TV as a Fireplace or Seeing it as a Rabbit, we see the key role of the small word as. As carries mimesis, metaphor, selection, or adaptation - so many of the classic powers of art. As If is riskier, more tensile. It reaches for things that have receded from the senses, or that are 'so close, yet so far'. Or that can be thought of and said, but not easily done. As If suggests semblance, structures and desires stretched in both directions: more unlikely, more utopian, but also more concrete, more realised. As If is a two-way bridge between imagination and intimacy.”- CAMP

CAMP is a collaborative studio founded in Bombay in 2007. It has been producing fundamental new work in video and film, electronic media and public art forms, in a practice characterised by a hand-dirtying, non-alienated relation to technology. CAMP's projects have entered many modern assemblies: energy, communication and surveillance systems, neighbourhoods, ships, archives - things much larger than itself. These are shown as not having a fixed function or destiny, making them both a medium and stage for artistic activity.

The exhibition runs through February 10, 2015.
Venue: Experimenter - Contemporary Art Gallery
Address: 2/1 Hindusthan Road, Gariahat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029, India
Nearest Transport: Gariahat Bus Stop


January 2015