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26.06.-10.10.2010


EXHIBITION

Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India is oriented toward coproducing new work, facilitating research, and assembling a community of practitioners. A resolutely heterogeneous and ultimately unresolved exhibition, it attempts to avoid some of the pitfalls of surveying contemporary production in a given region. The exhibition brings together a number of moving-image works by a select group of media practitioners who currently live in India and who are working in film or video rather than “new media.” These images do not serve as windows onto the world, nor point to any transcendent truths, but are presented as they are, distinguished by their evidence. Jean-Luc Nancy formulates the screen as a “sensitive membrane [that] stretches and hangs between a world in which representation . . . [is] in charge of the signs of truth, of the heralding of a meaning, or of the warrant of a presence to come; and another world that opens onto its presence through a voiding where its thoughtful evidence realizes itself.” The act of “voiding” or emptying out of representation, which is the resting place of evidence, points ontologically to the moving image as an end in itself rather than a means to an end that may lie outside of its surface. This embodiment of truth as it resides within the very structure and materiality of the image (or idea) overturns previous expectations of how the moving image communicates with the world. The artist-filmmakers Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel with Shai Heredia, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty reveal a craft that is based on the principles of practice, process, and perception. In each instance, the singularly plural and plurally singular nature of being and of art remains central.

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BEING SINGULAR PLURAL – ARTIST’S TALK AND LECTURES

On the occasion of the show, artist’s talks and lectures will be held on June 26 and 27 with the artists of the exhibition, Shumona Goel, Sonal Jain, Amar Kanwar, Mriganka Madhukaillya, Kabir Mohanty, as well as the curator of the exhibition, Sandhini Poddar, and film scolars.
Complementing this, the Deutsche Guggenheim, in cooperation with Kino Arsenal, will present the film and discussion series Moving Politics – Cinemas from India, curated by Dorothee Wenner and Nicole Wolf.

Saturday, June 26, 2010
4 p.m. Film screening
Kabir Mohanty: Song for an ancient land, part 1 (51 min)
5 p.m. Film screening
Kabir Mohanty: Song for an ancient land, part 2 (59 min)
6.15 p.m. Welcome and introduction by Svenja Reichenbach
Director, Deutsche Guggenheim
6.30-7 p.m. Lecture by Kaushik Bhaumik
Senior Vice-President, Film House; Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art Private Limited, Mumbai
7-7.45 p.m. Lecture by Sandhini Poddar
Curator of the show and Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
7.45-8.30 p.m. Lecture by Dorothee Wenner and Nicole Wolf
Curators of the film program Moving Politics – Cinemas from India

Sunday, June 27, 2010
11-11.30 a.m. Artists’ Talk with Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya
on Periferry 1.0
11.30 a.m.-12.15 p.m. Artists’ Talk with Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Vikram Joglekar, Kabir Mohanty and Amar Kanwar, with Hito Steyerl
Moderation: Sandhini Poddar
12.15-1 p.m. Open discussion with all artists


Venue
Deutsche Guggenheim
Unter den Linden 13/15
10117 Berlin



MOVING POLITICS — CINEMAS FROM INDIA

A three-part film program at Kino Arsenal on the occasion of the exhibition Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India at the Deutsche Guggenheim.

Part I – Action/ Bewegungen, June 27 – 30
In the presence of the artists Desire Machine Collective (Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya), Shumona Goel, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty, as well as the filmmakers Paromita Vohra and Partho Sen Gupta, and the curator Kaushik Bhaumik. All films with introductions by Dorothee Wenner and Nicole Wolf.
27.6. 7 p.m., Superman of Malegaon (Faiza Khan, 2008), with English subtitles
27.6. 9 p.m., Kya Hua Is Shahar Ko? (Deepa Dhanraj, 1986), with German subtitles
28.6. 7 p.m., Unlimited Girls (Paromita Vohra, 2002), with English subtitles
28.6. 9 p.m., Hazaaroon Khwaishein Aisi (Sudhir Mishra, 2003), with German subtitles
29.6. 8 p.m., Ajantrik (Ritwik Ghatak,1958), with German subtitles
30.6. 8 p.m., Hava Aney Dey (Partho Sen Gupta, 2003), with German subtitles

Part II – Practices of Belief/ Glaube, Liebe, Hoffnung, August 21 – 24
21.8. 7.30 p.m., The Other Song (Saba Dewan, 2009), with English subtitles
With an introduction by Nicole Wolf
22.8. 7.30 p.m., Firaq (Nandita Das, 2008), with English subtitles
With an introduction and as guest Britta Ohm
23.8. 7.30 p.m., Word Within The Word (Rajula Shah, 2008), with English subtitles
With an introduction by Nicole Wolf
24.8. 7.30 p.m., Maqbool (Vishal Bhardwaj, 2003), with German subtitles
With an introduction by Nicole Wolf

Part III – Family Ties/ Familienbande, September 26 – 29
26.9. 7.30 p.m., Snapshots From A Family Album (Mukul Kishore, 2004), with English subtitles
With an introduction by Nicole Wolf
27.9. 7.30 p.m., Ishqiya (Abhichek Chaubey, 2009), with English subtitles
With an introduction and as guest Biplab Basu, politician/activist; Berlin/ Bengal
28.9. 7.30 p.m., LSD: Love, Sex, Aur Dhokha (Dibakar Banerjee, 2010), with English subtitles
With an introduction by Dorothee Wenner
29.9. 7.30 p.m., I AM ... (Onir, 2010), with English subtitles
With an introduction and as guest Merle Kröger, scriptwriter of one episode


Venue
Kino Arsenal
Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin
For further information please visit arsenal-berlin.de



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(issue 12 // Summer 2010)