Film Screenings

 
30th 
 |  | 6.00pm | The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Next To Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar West, Mumbai.

Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. It critically investigates the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication.

The third edition of the film program is at The Hive, a community space located in Chuim, a fishing village in Khar. The film Leviathan (2012) takes us to another fishing community in New Bedford (New England), that formed the background for Herman Melville’s literary classic ‘Moby Dick’, a story about a man and his obsession with a whale.‘Leviathan’ is set on a fishing trawler in that context. Using many miniature GoPro Cameras attached to almost every conceivable part of the ship, the film creates an unreal universe and makes us identify with not only the human, but also every animate and inanimate part of that experience. Edited together into a non-linear and almost wordless whole, we are plunged into a dark hallucinatory world where the sea rages, the wind blows, half-dead fish lie on the ship’s floor, and seagulls fly overhead for the dead fish on the deck. Boldly experimental and challenging, the film is a kinetic, spectacular work that bridges the gap between academic research and aesthetic experience.

Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel from the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University attempt to create a new way of understanding people and culture through an interdisciplinary methods that combines the arts, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities.

The film program is designed to engage with different spaces in the city over the course of the year. Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, the selected films will respond to these spaces in an attempt to interpret multiple imaginations of geography and consumption.

Outreach Partner: The Hive | Admission free and open to all.

 
30th 
 | 4.30 pm  | Colour Box, Dharavi Biennale, Room 25 (1st Wadi), Kumbharwada, Dharavi, Mumbai

Directed by Lutz Konermann | 80 min, colour, 2010

Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. It critically investigates the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication.

The second edition of the film program focuses on Dharavi. Speculations on its present condition and its possible future have led to a plethora of images and imaginations emerging from government organisations, private developers, non-governmental organisations and community groups. This has created a geography of desire and aspiration that shapes the imagination of the local communities.

Lutz Konermann’s documentary film focuses on the redevelopment proposal created by Mukesh Mehta, urban planner and consultant to the Dharavi Redevelopment Project. It follows the urban planner through the processes of state approval, and also documents the lives of the people in Dharavi as they access the impact the project. The film questions the very nature of development on homes and livelihoods, against mounting pressures of globalisation and capital.

The film program is designed to engage with different spaces in the city over the course of the year. Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, the selected films will respond to these spaces in an attempt to interpret multiple imaginations of geography and consumption.

Outreach Partner: Dharavi Biennale

Limited Seating | RSVP basis only.

 
19th 
 | 6.30 pm | Visitor's Center, CSMVS, Mumbai

The film explores the life and work of K.G. Subramanyan, one of the foremost figures in modern Indian art and culture. His multi-faceted creative journey as painter, muralist, sculptor, printmaker, illustrator, and writer has made him one of the most versatile Indian artists in the post-independence era. Working with a variety of material and mediums, K.G. Subramanyan's art practice has always branched out, across the borders of art and craft, classical and folk and environmental and pop art. Through his lucid and precise conceptual formulations, Subramanyan has redefined the premises of tradition and modernity, and his books are testimonies of his fresh perspectives and original thinking. His critical concerns have engaged with the local, the national, and the international in the arts, and a whole generation of artists and art historians have been deeply influenced by his ideas and perceptions.

The film is produced under the “Great Masters” series of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi, and directed by noted film director Goutam Ghose. It is woven around a long conversation with the artist-thinker, following his thoughts in the process of making. It dwells on his intellectual development through his direct involvement in the freedom movement, his studies in Britain, his special association with Baroda and Shantiniketan, his career as an art educator, and his varied engagements with institutional bodies.

In collaboration with: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi | Admission free and open to all.

 
27th 
 | 6.30 pm | Visitors' Center, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Geographies of Consumption | Bombay/Mumbai, is a public art project conceived and curated by the Mohile Parikh Center. It critically investigates the impact of consumption on natural resources in the city, and on human bodies, our ecosystems and cultures. Interspersed in the project are study groups, film screenings, public lectures, an annual symposia, and publication.

The film program is designed to engage with different spaces in the city over the course of the year. Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar, the selected films will respond to these spaces in an attempt to interpret multiple imaginations of geography and consumption.

Film I: Luminous People | Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (15 min. 2007) | Film II: Mechanical Love | Director: Phie Ambo (78 min. 2007)

Both films talk of “human presence”, one in the context of the dead and the other with artificial intelligence in robots. While the first film is a fiction drama made like a documentary, the second pushes our understanding of what we perceive as real. Between the themes explored in the films, the curators hope to open out a discursive space for conceptual ideas and imaginations concerning the relationship between nature and civilization, tangibility and abstraction.

Admission free and open to all.

 
13th 
 |  | 11.00 am to 3.00 pm | Thane School of Art, Thane

Film I: Great Woman Artists | Mary Cassatt: Children and naturalism are the hallmarks of Mary Cassatt's work, along with impressionist ideas and the influence of Japanese prints. Her paintings depict a world of her own creation, embedded in domestic interiors and everyday life. (Col.45 min)

Film II: Rembrandt: This film gives the viewer an intimate view of the artist, his work, and his world. Many of his masterpieces are reviewed in detail with special attention to one of his most renowned works - The Night-watch.(Col.104 min)

The film screenings are a part of the outreach activities of the MPC, to connect with our beneficiaries in the suburbs of Mumbai. Admission free and open to the students and alumni of the Thane School of Art only.

 
6th 
 |  | 11.00 am to 1.00 pm | Miniature Hall, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

Film I: Constable at Tate | January 6 (Col. 60 min.)

Film II: Louvre: The Visit | January 7 (Col. 61 min.)

Film III: Matisse Picasso | January 8 (Col. 52 min.)

Film IV: Rene Magritte | January 9 (Col. 50 min.)

Film V: Jackson Pollock: Love & Death on Long Island | January 10 (Col. 46 min.)

Film VI: An Invitation to Contemporary Art | January 10 (Col. 30 min.)

Admission free and open to the students of Sir J. J. School of Art only.

 
21st 
 |  | 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm | CONA, Mumbai

Art in the Twenty-First Century | Season Six includes 13 profiles of artists from five continents gathered into four, one-hour thematic episodes: Change, Balance, History, and Boundaries. Spanning the globe from Nigeria to New York City, from Beijing to Brazil, the programs reveal the artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception, challenge convention, and change how we see the world around us.

Season Six | Episode I: Change | Featured Artists: Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei

Episode II: Boundaries | Featured Artists: David Altmejd, Tabaimo, assume vivid astro focus and Lynda Benglis

 
7th 
 |  | 6.00pm | CASBA Foundation | Mumbai

La Giaconda, popularly known as Mona Lisa, is the historical painting that is surrounded by numerous myths and stories. The film directed by Jean-Claude Bringuier takes the viewer through a fascinating investigation of the history, legend, and mystery surrounding the Mona Lisa. Infinite copies of the Mona Lisa have flourished since the 16th century in various mediums, besides oil painting. Ambiguity about its authenticity has prevailed in the past which has served a challenge to researchers and experts advancing the field of heritage conservation. The painting stays witness to the radical history of the medieval world and has served as a muse and metaphor for several artists to challenge or engage with the notions associated with perceptions of beauty and the degree of mystification. The portrait lives as a myth and deciphers the mystery of the composition: sérénité expression of the model, enigmatic smile, the mirror set invoked by the look. Mona Lisa’s glory is not new and has no borders.

Venue: Shri Sai Shubh Karyalay, Shrikhande Wadi, Manpada Road, Dombivli (E), Mumbai.

 
18th 
 | 5.30 pm | Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Inauguration THE CHARLES CORREA ARCHIVES

Film Screening INTO THE UNKNOWN

Book Release THE CHAMPALIMAUD CENTRE FOR THE UNKNOWN AND OTHER WORKS by H.E. The Ambassador of Portugal Jorge Roza de Oliveira

  
9th 
 | 11.00am to 2.00 pm | Auditorium, Rachana Sansad Academy of Fine Arts and Craft

Film I: Louvre | The Visit: (Col. 61 min) The film conducts a virtual tour of one of the largest Museum and a historic monument ‘the Louvre Palace’ which was transformed into a public museum after the French revolution.

Film II: Auguste Rodin| Hands of a Genius: (Col. 61 min) Auguste Rodin’s magnificent sculptures and illustrations come to life in this vivid documentary

 
13th 
 | 1.00pm | Audio Visual Room, B. K. Somani Polytechnic, Mumbai

Film I: The history of modern art begins with the relationship between Matisse and Picasso.This double portrait of the two giants of modern art provides a close-up of their personalities through first-hand accounts of the people nearest to them (Francoise Gilot, Maya and Claude Picasso, Jacqueline Matisse, and others) adding new dimension to the understanding of their work. It also includes rarely seen archival footage.

Film II: Paul Klee: The Silence of the Angel, is a visual journey into the work of a major painter of the 20th century by Michael Gaumnitz, an award-winning documentarian of artists and sculptors. Using the writings of Paul Klee, as well as the events of his life and career, Gaumnitz presents the pictorial universe of a visionary artist.

 
25th 
 | TFAC Studio | The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

The four films explore the themes of art, politics and dissent through the work of contemporary artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Banksy, Cindy Sherman & Mona Hatoum.These screenings are organized by the Mohile Parikh Center in collaboration with TFAC Studio and Photo Caddy, as part of the Magic Lantern festival, a platform for filmmakers and photographers.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, 2012 | Exit Through the Gift Shop, 2010 | Mona Hatoum - Illuminations, 2005 | Cindy Sherman - Transformations, 1981/2000 | February 25 - 28, 2013