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Relics, Mexico and mother in new media

A series of video art strung by 10 artists who have not met each other but bonded over work in the virtual world was screened under the title, Continuum..., at Studio21 on Friday and Saturday.

The project is the brainchild of Unbound Studio, formed by artist Aditi Kulkarni and designer Mukta Melinkeri from Pune and Uma Ray, also an artist, from Calcutta.

“Our objective is to make more people aware of video art and other new media that are waiting to be explored. We are open to new collaborations and dialogue that should lead to more exploration of various art genres,” Aditi said at the presentation and interaction that followed the screening of Continuum....

The trio had gone to Belgrade in 2012 to screen video art projects by Indian artists. “We just presented individual works there, without a concept note,” said Uma of their debut attempt.

It was in Lagos, Nigeria, that Continuum... — a series bound by a theme — was first presented. “We chose works that showcased the contradictions of our age and conflicting situations around the world,” said Uma, whose own work (Lost…and Rushing Past) in the series was about the disintegration of colonial relics in Calcutta. In keeping with the mood, her video was shot in black and white.

Artist Chinmoyi Patel portrayed the importance of the pinata (a container made of papier mache, pottery or cloth traditionally used for decoration and is often filled with candies) in modern Mexico. She dressed up as a cop wearing bright red lipstick and carried a pinata to fuel confusion among passersby.

City-based Paromita Das’s Cloud Like A Camel III was a series of three videos about the artist’s relationship with her mother.

In Lagos, the screening of Continuum... was followed by a presentation over Skype. “Video art is not a widely showcased media. But it is gaining popularity, especially among students. You can also shoot with your mobile phone or Handycam. We want to screen Continuum... at various venues in India and abroad and invite more collaboration,” Uma said.

The trio also spoke about other contemporary video art and multimedia projects. The presentation was followed by an audience interaction on archiving virtual art works and the myriad possibilities of multimedia.