Time travel

A series of events through this month talk about time and its relevance outside chronology

Anti-clocks: October Jam marks the fourth anniversary of October Jam, an annual celebration of Theatre Jam, a forum of dialogues on art and media in the public space through performances and expression, organized by Maraa, a media and arts collective, in Bangalore. Themed on time that is divorced from the notion of chronology, this 12-day festival that’s on till 28 October has a host of activities in public spaces across Bangalore.

The jam began on Sunday with a wall installation in the Mota Royal Arcade on Brigade Road that invited people to come in with items that were representative of time. “It could be an old sock, a photograph, anything," says Ekta Mittal, a founder-member of Maraa.“We are trying to attract diverse people both in terms of audience and participants because conversations that are triggered when different people meet, are richer," says Monica James, also a member of Maraa.

The jam includes graffiti and photography workshops, film screenings, storytelling and poetry-reading sessions, talks, video exhibitions, sound installations, performances and dances. All this in addition to an open-air film festival as a tribute to Chris Marker, a French writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artiste and film essayist. Two of Marker’s film will be screened. La Jetée (The Jetty) is a post-apocalyptic meditation on time and memory, while Sans Soleil (Sunless) explores time, history and memory through a narration that is part-travelogue, part-dreamscape and part-poetry.

Most of the activities are participative and open to the public. “City as Darkroom" is a four-day workshop, starting on 23 October, to experience time with film photography—you can learn to shoot on film, find dark spaces in the city to process the film (as opposed to in a darkroom) and then finally exhibit your photograph in a public space. The workshop will be held by photographer Rudra Sharan; the fee of 4,000 includes material for developing the photographs.

Vocalists Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi will explore time through the songs of Kabir and other mystic poets in a 21 October performance near Bandstand in Cubbon Park from 5.30-7pm.

“We are hoping to have loads of accidental audience by being in public spaces like Cubbon Park but this time we have also put out posters across the city so everybody knows what is happening," says James.

The Blackbox, an urban sound project that was started by artist Abhijeet Tambe in early 2012, will be held in Russell Market from 5-7pm on 25 October. With this project, Tambe explores the story of Bangalore, a city in transition, through the medium of sound. The Blackbox contains fragments of voices and sounds from around the city and it tells stories and makes music with these. “Abhijeet wanted to have the installation in the place from where his sounds came, and when we went to get permission, the market association was very interested because they feel the space won’t last very long and want people to come here while it exists," says James. For several public spaces in city are slowly disappearing.

For details, visit http://maraa.in/anti-clocks-october-jam-2012/.

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