Monitor 8: New South Asian Short Film and Video

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Modern Fuel's New Media Workspace and the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), in association with Queen’s Cultural Studies Program, present Monitor 8: New South Asian Short Film and Video, an annual short film and video screening program that showcases new and innovative work by South Asians from Canada and around the world. The screening starts at 7pm at the Screening Room on Thursday Oct. 4, 2012. Monitor is a unique platform presented by SAVAC for independent work that brings together humorous, tongue-and-cheek narratives as well as films and videos that explore the slippage of memory and performance of loss in personal and poetic ways. This year Monitor is programmed by Jacob Korczynski, and brings together new works by artists from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Pakistan, UK and USA, who explore a wide range of ideas and concerns shaping the global South Asian experience today.

It is taking place at The Screening Room on October 4th at 7pm. It is $8 for general admission and $6 for students/Modern Fuel members

Highlights of Monitor 8 include Bangladeshi artist Promotesh Das Pulak’s photo series Echoed Moments in Time (2011), which begin the program to shed light on the recognition and resistance of the body within a changing landscape, the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan’s documentary In_Transience (India, 2010) follows labourers who encounter ghosts while reworking the cityscape of Bangalore. Natasha Mendonca’s award winning film Jan Villa (India, 2010) traces the memory of architecture through her return to Mumbai after the floods in 2005.

SAVAC is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to the development and presentation of contemporary visual art by South Asian artists. SAVAC plays a vital role in the visual arts sector in Canada by advocating for South Asian artists and culturally diverse issues and practices. SAVAC’s programming coordinator Sharlene Bamboat will introduce the program on Oct. 4 and be joined for a post-screening discussion by Queen’s Film and Media professors Reena Kukreja and Gary Kibbins. Bamboat will also be giving a talk on Wednesday Oct. 3 in the Cultural Studies Speaks series, and she will contribute to the New Media Show and Tell at Modern Fuel on Friday, Oct. 5.

Modern Fuel’s New Media Workspace aims to provide artists and community organizations with video production/post-production support and services in order to encourage the growth of the New Media Arts community in the Kingston region. Modern Fuel wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area which made this event possible.

Panelist Biographies

Sharlene Bamboat is a mixed media artist, working predominantly in film, video and performance. She is currently the Programming Coordinator at SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and on the Pleasure Dome Film & Video Programming Collective.

Reena Kukreja is a feminist activist and documentary filmmaker whose films and research focus on South Asia, with particular attention to women in India.

Gary Kibbins is a media artist and writer whose videos, akin to poetry or philosophical language games, experiment with language and text.

85 minutes // panel discussion to follow

$8 general admission // $6 seniors and students // $6 Modern Fuel members

Image: Promotesh Das Pulak, Echoed Moments in Time 8, 2011.