CAMP, Moving Panorama, one of the Mumbai scenes taken in the same way as the Euljiro project, 2021
CAMP After Media Promises
Nov 25, 2021 — Feb 27, 2022
CAMP, the winner of Nam June Paik Art Center Prize 2020
CAMP is a collaborative studio founded in 2007 by Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran and Sanjay Bhangar. They won the 7th Nam June Paik Art Center Prize last year. CAMP works with film, video, electronic media and public art forms, exploring various media technologies through research, infrastructural interventions, presentation, and documentation. CAMP’s work, by reconfiguring the concept of publicness and commons against the muscles of neoliberalism, is of particular import and relevance given the shifting horizons of network media culture in the face of the pandemic.
An exhibition of the contextually rich, environment-shifting media works of CAMP
CAMP After Media Promises was one of the more than 100,000 backronyms for CAMP, produced by a computer script, on their first website in 2007. Their methods are about taking technology of all kinds in unfamiliar and often utopian directions with sharp gestures, drawing energy from their understandings.
The contextually rich, environment-shifting media work of CAMP relocates and redefines the categories of observer, subject, network, database, image and sequence, by stealing power, time and access from existing megastructures. CAMP’s work goes to the heart of what is at stake when such systems overlap our living systems, and our value systems. Their after-proposals are responses to a change in conditions and horizons, immediate or longer-term, and a non-acceptance of the current, limited use of any technology. After-cable TV, after-electrification, after-internet, after-CCTV are not post- or going past, rather they are ideas and actions that breed in these intersecting environments, disturb their promises, and encrust them with possibilities. We are asked to remember many “promises of media,” and the politics and geography of both those words.
For this exhibition, CAMP presents an essay through their practice in a large-format, 8 screen sync-video environment. By not merely presenting a series of works, by making it a journey through the inside and outside of artworks, this format is their response to the question of “exhibition” today. They explore a series of interventions, from a TV station inside a market in 2004, to a new film being shot on CCTV in Mumbai in 2021. For CAMP “media” is just another word for environments that surround and sustain us. Their images and arrangements are thus shifts in the environment, at certain crossings of time, space and opportunity, and now as another wave of digital technology passes through us. This exhibition includes a new commission by Nam June Paik Art Center drawing on the cinematography of CCTV in Seoul (with artists Seoul Express and Taeyoon Choi) at cctv.camp, and their proposal of an open-access application for Nam June Paik Art Center Video Archive (with 0x2620) at njp.ma. In parallel, a microsite at njpcamp.kr is open as a web portal of the exhibition bringing a new experiential dimension to it.
Hosted and Organized by
Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation
In Collaboration with
Seoul Express, Taeyoon Choi Studio, 0x2620, Daerim Plaza Governing Office, Kochi-Muziris Biennale
Thurs. Nov 25, 2021
15:00 Lecture Performance “Panorama-rama” by CAMP(Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran)
16:00 Conversation “Choreographed Camera TV” with CAMP, Taeyoon Choi, Seoul Express(Youjin Jeon, Minki Hong)
* The opening events will abide by the covid-19 guidelines, and take walk-ins for those with an exhibition ticket of the day. Depending on the number of people staying in the space, admission to the gallery may be restricted.
* The conversation of artists at 16:00 will take place in the Black Box that can accommodate only a limited number of people, so if you join them, please sign up in advance via the following link.
* The microsite njpcamp.kr is open only during the exhibition.
* For a new production commissioned by Nam June Paik Art Center, CCTV filming and live streaming are underway from the rooftop of Daerim Plaza, Eulji-ro 157, Seoul. (Oct 15, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022)
* Another new production filmed in Mumbai, co-commissioned by Nam June Paik Art Center will evolve after this exhibition to be shown in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. (Dec 23, 2022 – Apr 10, 2023)