Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gallery SKE, Project 88 and so on

Sushanta Mandal @ Gallery SKE,Bangalore

Raghu Rai @ Harrington Street, Kolkata

Artists of Bhopal Group Show


Ten Revered Artists Collaborate on a 100-Foot Installation

March 3–6, 2011
Pier 66 Maritime @ 26th Street & 12th Avenue in Hudson River Park, aka The Frying Pan

Special Events:
Thursday, March 3, 12pm–5pm - VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 4, 7pm–12am - Opening Night Public Reception with performances by GORDON VOIDWELL and TECLA
Saturday, March 5, 7pm–12am – Performances by NINJASONIK and special guests

General Hours: March 4–March 6, 12pm–7pm
Tickets are $10 at the door

Philip Scheffner and Britta Lange
Making of … The Halfmoon Files

5 – 16 March 2011
Opening reception Saturday, 5 March, 6.00 to 9.00 PM

Philip Scheffner and Britta Lange, Making of … The Halfmoon Files, 2008-10, four channel video installation with sound.

Project 88 and Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai are pleased to announce Making of ... The Halfmoon Files, an exhibition by Berlin based film maker Philip Scheffner and cultural scientist Britta Lange. Making of ... the Halfmoon Files is a four channel sound and video installation, the German version of which was exhibited in Berlin in 2008/2009. The English version will premiere at Project 88.

Making of...The Halfmoon Files begins with the meeting of German researchers and imprisoned soldiers from the English, French and Russian armies in German prisoner of war camps during WWI. The work especially focuses on Half Moon Camp in Wünsdorf near Berlin, which mostly held Indian and North African colonial soldiers from 1914 to 1918. These exotic prisoners of war were utilised for political propaganda and became the subjects of many scientific studies in anthropology, ethnology, linguistics, musicology and jurisprudence. In the archives, there is a vast amount of data on these soldiers, there are records regarding the goals of this political propaganda, the relevance of these prisoners for science and other studies, as well as stories by these prisoners about the war, their home, the village of Wünsdorf and also their opinion and understanding of the scientists who were conducting the experiments. In the installation, all these stories are meshed into a fragile audio-visual narrative, the stories point towards and try to understand the interweaving of colonialism, war, media, politics, entertainment, culture and science.
The exhibition was developed in cooperation, with the Sound Archive of the Humboldt University Berlin, the Max-Planck Institute Berlin, Stiftung Deutsches Rundfunk Archiv and Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin. It has been supported by the Capital Cultural Fund in Berlin.

Philip Scheffner lives in Berlin and works on documentary films, video and sound art. His critically acclaimed and award-winning films The Halfmoon Files (2007) and Day of the Sparrow (2010) both celebrated their world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. Together with Merle Kröger, he founded the production group pong in 2001. Over the course of the past fifteen years, Philip Scheffner has collaborated on a number of projects in India, with reputed filmmaker, curator and activist Madhusree Dutta, director ONIR and screenwriter and filmmaker Urmi Juvekar, among others.

Britta Lange, Dr. phil., is a cultural scientist who received her doctorate degree in 2005 from the Humboldt University Berlin on the cultural and technical clichés around 1900s. In 2007/08, she conceptualised, together with Philip Scheffner, the exhibition “The Making of…” in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. She is currently working, within the framework of her post-doctorate project, on a book about German and Austrian research on war prisoners between 1915 and 1918.

On 6th and 7th March Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai will host the screening of the film The Halfmoon Files by Philip Scheffner and a lecture by Britta Lange on Objective Data – Subjective Texts, respectively.

For further information or press enquiries please contact Zakia Basrai at or +91 22 2281 0066.

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