Two sides, one’s a fan (plus ghost)
I’m never sure how I feel about film (as opposed to movies). There’s a thin line between boredom and art. Eraj did screened his film ‘Aghori’ at the Park Street warehouses. It’s my second time seeing it and I enjoyed it in that setting, that is, I wasn’t bored. Aghori is about, I’m not sure how to encapsulate it in a soundbite, I just say that it’s about a graveyard saddhu, but that’s not right at all. You’d need to read the accompanying text.
Shocking, something that takes more than 10 seconds of reading, or more than 10 minutes of attention. It’s weird to create rather than consume information. I say create because art is often baffling, confusing, and inefficiently communicated. It’s not like BUY SOAP, interesting art leaves a lot to the imagination. This often has the effect of missing the mark entirely, but sometimes it works. To quote:
It is a tendency of the human psyche to want to see events as part of a seamless narrative, thus the film capitalizes on this tendency by presenting to the audience a series of fragmented performance pieces. The eyes that are viewing this piece are automatically transformed into speculation engines as the viewer is tempted to insert an element of cause and effect between the slides. Therefore this piece can be seen as one that revels in the multiple degrees of separation between itself and reality.
These photos are some of my speculations. Above are two sides, one guy a bit bored, the couple rapt. There is also a ghost in there, if you look. I kept the shutter open for a long exposure and someone walked across the field of vision. I like this image cause the wooden window frame is on the left, with an electrical cord running through it (foreground). On the right there’s a laptop screen. And there’s a ghost.
Crowd and film in one double exposure
This is a double exposure, two seconds on the film two seconds on the crowd. The result is a bit grainy, but interestingly weird, to me at least.
Smoking silhouette, watching Aghori
This is a girl smoking in front of a projected scene from Aghori. This photograph does not support smoking, I think it’s uncool.
This is the Parkway on Park Street. The areas is become almost Bohemian with the Art Biennale, concerts, Park Street Mews and a clothing shop.