Screening: What the cameras saw and remembered—two films by CAMP

16 March
Image: CAMP, Bombay Tilts Down, Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2022. Courtesy the artist.

Image: CAMP, Bombay Tilts Down, Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2022. Courtesy the artist.


16 March

Saturday, 12-3pm (AEST)


The Capitol [i]
113 Swanston St, Melbourne
Mon–Fri, 9am–12am


Wheelchair access, Accessible Toilets, Accessible Parking


Free, bookings required

We invite you to a rare opportunity to watch two acclaimed films by Mumbai based artist group CAMP.

CAMP’s film works employ distinct video materials and methods to explore entanglements between medium, message and the politics of looking. Al Jaar Qabla Al Daar (The Neighbor before the House) and From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf are emblematic of Camp’s experimentation with the moving image and its technological and production architectures. A foundation of ethics materialises alternate modes of image making, voice, and subject position, responding to fundamental questions around representation of real people particularly those who are either underrepresented or overrepresented in media products in ways that divest personal agency.

The Neighbour Before the House (60 minutes, 2009-2011)

In The Neighbour Before the House, eight Palestinian families in Jerusalem survey their neighbourhood using CCTV cameras mounted on their homes; the returned gaze of surveillance posing disquieting questions about the observer-observed relationship. As the observers narrate their visual exploration, we are invited to consider both, the nature of operational images and subject-positions of citizens.

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf [83 mins. Original format(s): HDV, SDV, VHS, Cellphone videos (variable). Stereo audio and in-cameraphone music]

From Gulf…  is a feature-length travelogue by sea filmed using mobile phones by sea faring traders from Sindh, Baluchistan and Southern Iran over several years. The film provides a rare glimpse into ordinary yet intimate worlds of oceanic trade and media flows beyond the vocabulary of crisis, borders, and sanctions.

The programme includes an introduction by curator, Shweta Kishore and artists, Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran.

The event is programmed by RMIT Culture in partnership with Dr Shweta Kishore (RMIT School of Media and Communication)

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  • Shweta Kishore

    Shweta Kishore lectures in Screen and Media at RMIT University. Her core research focuses on Indian cinema, documentary ethics and women’s film and video. She is the author of Indian Documentary Film and Filmmakers: Independence in Practice (2018, Edinburgh University Press).  Kishore is a documentary practitioner and curates artist moving image programmes featuring historical and contemporary experimental works from the Asian region.


Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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01–24 March