Cities and cinema are the twins of the 20th century. Project Cinema City enquires into the labour, imagination, desire, access, spacing and locations, iconisation, materiality, language, moving people, viewing conventions, hidden processes and so on that make the cinema that the cities make and also the city that its cinemas produce. The enquiries are then processed into productions of texts, films, arts and cartographs.
The year of 2012-13 has also been marked as the centenary of Indian cinema. To commemorate this occasion, Majlis presents an evening consisting of a screening followed by a panel discussion and a conversation on Project Cinema City.
Screening of the film Dhananjay Kulkarni "Chandragupt", Director - Rrivu Laha, Duration - 15 minutes (a film writer impersonates a night watchman).
Conversation on the book "dates.sites: Project Cinema City Bombay / Mumbai", Author - Madhusree Dutta, Designer - Shilpa Gupta, Publishing house - Tulika Books, Shohini Ghosh, Filmmaker, Essayist and Professor of Media, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre with Madhusree Dutta, Filmmaker, Curator, Project Cinema City and Executive Director, Majlis; Duration - 20 minutes.
Screening of the film "Dark Room", Director - Renu Savant, Duration - 10 minutes (on the basic materiality of cinema – chemical and the moving people).
Panel discussion on Materiality, Performance and Location in Cinema City, Duration - 60 minutes.
Screening of the video "Women viewing cinema", excerpt from Project Cinema City, Duration - 6 minutes.
The panelists are:
Kaushik Bhaumik, Film Historian and Senior Vice President, Osian’s - Connoisseur of Art
Anuradha Kapur, Theatre Director and Director, National School of Drama
Rohan Shivkumar, Architect and Deputy Director, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture
The panel will be moderated by Robin Mallick, Director Programmes South Asia, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.
A part of the project (a Majlis initiative) is currently (17 August to 23 September) on view in an inter-disciplinary exhibition at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. The first volume of Cinema City publications dates.sites has recently been launched at the Osian’s Cinefan festival.