On the occasion of 100 years of Indian Cinema, The Media Lab is holding a week long exhibition on the technological history of cinema in Bengal at Abanindranath Tagore Gallery, ICCR, Kolkata, from August 13 to 20, 2-8 pm.
A four-month workshop on ‘Practical Filmmaking’ with the M. A. students of the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University has begun in January, 2013.
15th January- 16th January, 2013
Venue: Media Lab, Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University
The Media Lab incollaboration with the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, and the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, organized a two day research symposiumon Owning and Using: Circuits of Knowledge in North Indian Classical Music at The Media Lab, Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University. A detailed schedule of the event follows:
15 January (Day 1)
10.30-1.15: Session 1
Amlan Das Gupta
2.15-5.00: Session 2
5.30 pm (at Vivekananda hall):
Jugalbandi Sarod recital by Anindya Banerjee and Adrian McNeil with Abhijit Banerjee on tabla
16 January (Day 2)
10.30- 1.15:Session 1
Panel Discussion:The Past and Present of North Indian Classical Music
Coordinator :Moinak Biswas
The Media Lab made a video on Jadavpur University’s scientific and technological work for the annual session of Indian Science Congress held from 3rd- 7th January, 2013 in Kolkata. The film included lab activities of various departments like Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Geology etc, interviews with Professors and research scholars, maps the convergence of science, humanities and engineering in Jadavpur, and presents a history of technological achievements of Jadavpur University.
6-7 November, 2012
Venue: Vivekananda Hall, Subarna Jayanti Bhavan
Department of Film Studies, JU and the Media Lab organized a national seminar on Documentary/ Documentationon 6th and 7th November, 2012 at Vivekananda Hall, Subarna Jayanti Bhavan, JU Main Campus. The seminar had panel discussions, conversations and a few individual presentations by eminent scholars and research students from various institutes of India. The proceedings of the seminar were taped and will be published. The schedule of the event follows:
6th November (Day 1)
10.30 am: Inauguration
11.30 am: Presentation 1:Ashish Rajadhyaksha, ‘The Death and Rebirth of Verisimilitude in the Age of the Digital’
12.30 am: Presentation 2: Paromita Vohra ‘Documentary Film Making in India’
1.30 pm -2.30 pm: Lunch
2.30 pm:Presentation 3: Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran ‘Pad. ma. : Public Access Digital Media Archive’
4.00 pm:Panel Discussion: Documenting the Everyday: Priya Ghosh, Shubham Roy Choudhury, and Pallavi Paul
6.00 pm: Screening of An Indian Day aka India 67 (S. Sukhdev, 1968)
7th November (Day 2)
10.30 am: Presentation 1: Amlan Dasgupta, ‘The Digital Object of Desire’
12.00 Noon: Presentation2: Moinak Biswas, ‘From Document to Work: Introduction to a Project’
1.00 pm: Lunch
2.30pm:Presentation 3: Ravi Vasudevan, ‘Film as Infrastructure: Information, Communication, and Exhibition Practices in Colonial and Early Independent India’
4.00 pm:Conversations: Talking Documentaries: Shyamal Karmakar, in conversation with Bikramjit Gupta; Q, in conversation with Subhajit Chatterjee,
6.00 pm onwards: Screening of Documentary Films
The Media Lab in collaboration with the Centre for Counseling Service and Studies in Self Development, Jadavpur University, made two films on depression and addiction in campus life- Nirjanata Periye: Beyond Desolation and In Search of an Addict
‘Digital Image Practice’, a seven day workshop was held during 6th-13th December 2012 at Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College, Naihati.
The latest issue of Journal of the Moving Image (JMI 10) is in the process of uploading. The articles uploaded so far can be seen under the JMI 10 tab in the "Journal" link of the main page. The complete issue will be available in sometime.
This workshop was organised as a part of the Outreach Programme of the Media Lab in collaboration with Dept of Journalism and Mass Communication, Vivekananda College. Lecturers of the Media Lab conducted a daylong workshop with about 30 students from the department. The aim of the workshop was to familiarise the students with the possibilities of the digital image-making and sharing platforms. As many of the students of this department aim to join the various audio-visual media agencies as a career, this kind of workshops are helpful to push their imagination and abilities through audio-visual media. It aimed to explore new cheaper ways of image-making, re-thinking the process and engaging students to think beyond the dominant practices.
The Media Lab organised a daylong workshop on Sound Design on Tuesday, 21 February, 2012, 11 am onwards. Eminent sound practitioners and teachers were present. The list of speakers included:
The workshop took place at the Media Lab, third floor, Gandhi Bhavan, Jadavpur University. The event was open to all.
The students of the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University participated in a three month long workshop cum film making process organised by the Media Lab. The workshop was divided in two parts. For the first phase they had documented the walls of Kolkata and surrounding areas for a month. They completed this phase using their own available camera, ranging from mobile phone cameras to DSLRs, without the help of any artificial lighting or set up. For the second phase they were combined under three major themes (further subdivided into shooting groups of two students) and shot at various locations equipped with cameras and personnel from the Media Lab. The footage was be edited at the Media Lab to produce a three part omnibus film. They were also trained to use Final Cut Pro throughout the workshop. They edited their own films assisted by Media Lab personnel.
The Journal of Moving Image page ( www.jmionline.org ) has a new look. It provides better accessibility and has become more user friendly. We also uploaded the first three volumes which have been recently digitised.
9th December, 2011
Venue: Loreto College Auditorium, Loreto College, Kolkata
The Media Lab, Jadavpur University, in collaboration with the Department of Film Studies, Loreto College, held a workshop at Loreto College, Kolkata on the 9th of December, 2011 as a part of its Outreach Programme. The workshop aimed to explore new cheaper ways of image and sound making, re-thinking the film making processes and engaging students to think beyond the dominant practices in visual culture. The first workshop of this series was held at Suri Vidyasagar College, Birbhum, where students were introduced to new media practices and theories over a period of five days. As the aim of this one day workshop, the students were encouraged to make video recordings of their everyday surroundings to build an archive of footages that can forge a cultural spatiality of the city.
10:30 - 11:30 Introduction
11:30 - 01:00 Demonstration of works related to the project (Screenings, Illustrations etc.)
01:00 - 01:45 Lunch
02:00 - 03:00 Technique and tools in the digital era
03:00 - 04:00 Familiarisation with web based archives and exhibition platforms
04:00 - 05:00 Initiation to the idea of archiving
Department of Film Studies, JU and The Media Lab organized an international colloquium on Teaching Film Studies in India on 24th and 25th October, 2011 at Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, UG Arts Building, JU Main Campus. The colloquium had panel discussions, structured conversations and a few individual presentations by eminent scholars from various parts of India and abroad. The Media Lab at Film Studies, JU, has undertaken an initiative of organizing a series of colloquia and workshops around the questions of pedagogy, curricular reform and skill development. A survey of the West Bengal teaching institutions in the area of film and media was undertaken in 2009; a 4-day workshop on 'Teaching Film Studies' with the teachers of West Bengal undergraduate colleges was held in July, 2011, and a 5 day workshop with students of Suri Vidyasagar College, Birbhum, was held on ‘Learning through Images’ between August 23 and 27, 2011. This colloquium was the third in the series. The proceedings of the colloquium were taped and will be published. A detailed schedule of the event as follows:
24th October (Day 1) :
25th October (Day 2) :
This workshop was the first of its kind where the resource personnel from the Media Lab visited a college with the necessary equipment. It aimed to explore new cheaper ways of image and sound making, re-thinking the process and engaging students to think beyond the dominant practices. Suri Vidyasagar College situated at Suri, Birbhum is removed from the usual metropolitan atmosphere. Students were not exposed to the new possibilities the digital platforms have offered in the recent times. The workshop tried to inspire them to come up with novel ideas and methods that are improvised on the field and invoked unconventional ways of understanding their everyday relationship with image and sound.
This programme was attended by teachers of Film Studies, Mass Communication and other related disciplines which have a major component of Film Studies in their curriculum. The Media Lab had conducted a survey on teaching of Film Studies in West Bengal in 2008-2009, followed by a workshop on 'Teaching of Film Studies in West Bengal' on 21 February, 2009. The present orientation programme worked on the lines of the recommendations and views put forward by the survey. It addressed questions of methods, tools and resources for teaching film, which are constantly being re-shaped through the proliferation of new materials on various web platforms, archives and other digital media.