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Eugene Lang College, New School


CSCS premises
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Starts on 23 July 2007 10:00
Ends on 10 August 2007 17:00
CSCS premises

This is a ‘post-cinema’ course. It makes the following proposition, that one way of looking at the cinema’s role in India is to ask this question: what are the spaces that the cinema institution used to occupy? What has replaced it in those spaces? India’s metropolitan public spaces are today hugely mediatized – for example, by the architectures of cyberspace re-introduced into physical reorganization of everyday life, or the cultural translation of ‘connectivity’ into networked neighbourhoods through cable television or various forms of ‘local area networks’. Can these recent phenomena also tell us something about how the cinema – as their ancestor, and the most distinctive example of technological mediation of the public sphere in the 20th Century – went about its business?

Bangalore, on which the present course focuses its inquiry, is a useful place to begin. Bangalore is of course well known (some would say notorious) as the ‘back office’ of global IT services. The city has a long history going back to pre-colonial times, and to several economies apart from the one it is best known for: Business Process Outsourcing (or BPO). It has a number of significant cutting-edge initiatives in various media. Many of these initiatives are, we may say, ‘underground’ or, as some would call them, ‘invisible’.

The course will focus mainly on three kinds of such invisible media: film, cable TV and the internet. In each, we will investigate the physical spaces that these media occupy, and have historically occupied. We will do a kind of ethnography of mediatized space in these areas. And at all times we will track our insights back into what the cinema may say to them, to what the cinema ‘used to be’.




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