CAMP, Four Letter Film, 2015, As If – II: Flight of the Black Boxes, 24 Jorbagh, Delhi, 4×14-segment characters, LED strip lights, DMX controller, computer and custom electronics, Photo: Sebastian Lütgert.
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. This exhibition is presented as a “moving panorama” on 8 screens, in 5 acts or stages. It visits electronic media from historically and socially complex sites, in Mumbai, Manchester, Jerusalem, Kabul, and elsewhere, including online locations. By relocating and redefining 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.
These after-proposals, are or were 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-cableTV, after-electrification, after-piracy, 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. These often utopian artists’ proposals are against what might be called “evolution,” or any naturalised understanding of what comes next.
CAMP’s 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. The show includes a new commission in Seoul (with artists Seoul Express and Taeyoon Choi) that adds an oblique angle and duration to the old dance between cameras and subjects, and a proposal (with 0x2620) for Nam June Paik Art Center Video Archive. In parallel with this exhibition a microsite is presented as a web platform that brings a new experiential dimension to the moving panorama screening, the Seoul production streaming, and the archival video navigation.
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
Thurs. Nov 25, 2021
15:00 Lecture Performance “Panorama-rama” by CAMP(Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran)
16:00 Conversation “Art of CCTV Camera” by 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 exhibition’s microsite will be open from Nov 25.
* For a new production commissioned by Nam June Paik Art Center, CCTV filming is underway on the rooftop of Daerim Plaza, Eulji-ro 157, Seoul. (Oct 15, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022)