MeM#9 —4) Untitled (Sumedha Bhattacharyya. India.) 6:09 min.
This screendance piece is an excerpt from a 30 mins long live performance based on the concept of surveilling through the mythological confrontation of a female dancer with the cameras as the New Gods. This happened live including edit and sound on the digital platform with Reproduce Artists, and Rana Ghose, geographically in two different cities in India, during the pandemic and lockdown in India. Sumedha negotiated the idea of panopticon, the observer and the observed, and confronted a reality with the five temperamental Indian ‘male’ God proxies (Brahma, Vishnu , Mahesh, Krishna and Ram). Akash, with his own bespoke hardware based in music production workflow, responded to her movements in real time.
Concept, choreography and performance: Sumedha Bhattacharyya
Live Editing, remote live editing and camera switching: Rana Ghose
Live Musical Score: Sound.codes Sound design and edit
Project Producer: Gia Arora. 2020.
Instagram: @kathagrapher , @reproduceartists, @duetwithcamera @sound.codes
I am an inter-disciplinary dance artist, educator and facilitator. My practice experiments with camera, tradition and gender, focus on screen-dance film-making. I keep coming back to performance and technology. digital interactivity in performance making and staging. As an Erasmus dance scholar , and a Young India Fellow, through her Masters in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage, I was lucky to have traveled, lived together and collaborated with a range of forms, communities and dance-theatre makers across local, national and international locations. My practice brings a fresh viewership of Dance in conversation with a camera as an expressive , artistic and a performance of protest. I am a part-time visiting faculty at Ashoka University.
I am an experimental artist exploring electro- acoustic improvisation, data manipulation and algorithmic composition. I am dealing with sound from a very global perspective – from an aesthetic, physical, electronic and computational point of view.
Rana is a curator, economist, writer, and filmmaker. He steers REProduce Artists, a collective of artists, organizers, and content creators that produce interventions in non traditional spaces that engages with music and video in modular, sequential plays – taking advantage of the aesthetics of spaces as varied as former mills, bakeries, and hotels and producing them into five hour embedded experiences, fo example.
Interview to Sumedha Bhattacharyya, talking about her creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.