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SOAS South Asia Institute

VisionMix Short Cuts


Date: 13 May 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 13 May 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Film Screening followed by a roundtable.

VisionMix is an international network of video and sound installation artists and documentary filmmakers whose members are based in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and London. SOAS (University of London), Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) are supporting this network’s development. Launched in October 2013, VisionMix’s aim is to explore the agency of the artist in lens-­‐based media projects that are acts of resistance, investigating the relationship between the social responsiveness of ‘documentary’ practices, video installation art and other audio/visual art forms. Whether dealing with gender and sexuality, environmental challenges, migration or issues around ‘marginality’, the ways in which these works mobilize audiences follows from their aesthetic composition, inviting questions about methodologies used in their production. VisionMix is also planning exhibition-­‐screenings and symposia in the UK and in India in 2015-­‐17.

The film, “VisionMix Short Cuts” (55 minutes) showcases 12 artists and filmmakers from the India-­‐based members of VisionMix, whose directors have contributed samples of their work, and are interviewed about their practise. These are: Atul Bhalla, Sheba Chhachhi, Ranbir Kaleka, Priyanka Chhabra, Anupama Srinivasan, Sameera Jain, Gigi Scaria, Asim Waqif, Paramita Das, Moutushi, Avijit Mukul Kishore and Kavita Joshi. VisionMix’s curator (and director of this anthology) Lucia King, is an artist-­‐filmmaker and researcher of South Asian artists’ non-­‐fiction film practices, and will contextualize the film after the screening. The post-­‐ screening roundtable invites the UK-­‐based VisionMix associates to explore how local predicaments and today’s art (and non-­‐fiction film) industries are contributing to the artists assumed forms of public intervention, the themes and tactics used in these projects. VisionMix welcomes students, curators, art historians, industry professionals, researchers, filmmakers, artists and those interested in new media developments on an international stage, to join this discussion.

For more information please contact: lucia.king@rocketmail.com

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