KCFS and Film Curatorial Practice

‘What do you do?’

‘<pause> I work at this place called Katha Centre for Film Studies <pause> I’m a Research Associate there <pause> We’re involved in a projected pertaining to Film Curatorial Practice.’

Some friends and family, largely don’t get it because I still haven’t figured out the simplest possible way to explain. Hoping to find one soon. Until then, hope this helps a little 🙂 for everything else there is Google 😉

Film curating is concerned with a more evolved understanding of the moving image. Film and video are artistic mediums – much like what canvas and brush are to a painter. Today, both filmmakers and visual artists work increasingly with the medium of the moving image to make their art works. In addition, museums and galleries are increasingly exhibiting moving image work – experimental film and installation; and video art and video installation. In fact, today the boundaries between the practice of visual art and film are blurred. Yet, while visual arts enjoy a relatively well-structured curatorial practice, film curatorial practice is still a new discipline in the country.  It is the artistic and aesthetic understanding of the moving image that KCFS is looking to develop through its curatorial projects.

Marking its first step towards the idea of developing a discourse around in film curation in the country, Katha Centre for Film Studies organized the first workshop on Film Curatorial Practice which was followed by a film festival curated by select workshop participants. The three-day workshop, conducted in association with Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum from 12th – 14th Aug 2010, had Ravi Vasudevan, Avijit Mukul Kishore, Kabir Mohanty, Amrit Gangar, Shai Heredia and C.S. Venkiteswaran as resource persons who engaged the participants in interactive lectures aided by film clips and discussions. The idea behind this structure of the workshop was to not only base the sessions around resource persons’ papers but also evolve certain ideas through the discussion time that each module enjoyed.

However, practical implementation always brings about novel ideas and drawbacks. So post-workshop reflections and the feedback from participants and resource persons led KCFS to rethink and analyze the structure and purpose of the workshop. The restructured programme entailed that workshop on film curatorial practice be turned into a five-day event, instead of the three-day event (as it was in the first year of the curatorial project); also, the five-day workshop would be followed by another one-day follow-up workshop for the participants selected for the Curatorial Project Film Screenings.

Already, in the second year of the Curatorial Project, we successfully conducted the five-day workshop and the one-day follow-up workshop. Film Screenings shall start soon! More coming up on what the workshops were all about.

– Svetlana Naudiyal


2 thoughts on “KCFS and Film Curatorial Practice

  1. To Svetlana Naudiyal,
    The curatorial project seems a very interesting and novel idea but for those who can’t attend the sessions, how about giving us the links to the academic papers written and discussed at the workshops (after the writer’s permission) or links to their websites/blogs or works published. I am sure there is no harm in sharing and spreading knowledge regarding film curatorial practices in India, since there is not much written and accessible on it (at least on the web.) Please feel free to email me on the same.
    Thanks and regards,

    • Dear Priya,

      Great to see your interest. I would get in touch with respective authors and let you know. The idea of having this blog is about sharing whatever we can. Stay tuned for more updates.
      Do drop in a mail at katha.film@gmail.com and let us know your background.

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