Madhusree Dutta – Cinema City Lived - A dossier of spaces, materials and residuals

Editor: Rohan Shivkumar, Display Image: Avijit Mukul Kishore, Kausik Mukhopadhyay
(an excerpt from Cinema City: a Research Art and Archive Project, conceived and curated by Madhusree Dutta)

Chiranjilal started around 1970 by collecting discarded B/W film reels from the labs, editing rooms, and the distributors’ godowns. He burnt heaps of discarded B/W film reels to create a silver-rich ash and then painstakingly separated pinches of silver from the ash. Later, in the era of colour prints on acetate base stock he moulded the celluloids into plastic bangles. In the ‘90s came polyester base stock for film printing. The polyester, known for its durability and toughness, could not be converted/melted/recycled into some other materiality - barring one; they could be cut into strips.

The strips were used as stiffeners for the back of the collars of the shirts on display.
The wastes from this exercise too are recycled – like a small strip of celluloid as a rope to tie the bamboo poles together.






Dear partners, supporters, friends and lovers,

due to the COVID-19 Virus our little ETF! office in Berlin remains closed and we are working from home.

As many fellow artists, creatives and freelancers this Corona crisis has hit us hard.
We had hoped to send out a newsletter this spring informing you all about our 19th venue in Lisbon, which was supposed to open in Carpintarias São Lázaro on the 19th of June 2020.
Now, with all the cancellations and the shut down of cultural life we hope to postpone and for EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! to still be part of the program of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.
We will keep you posted.

Keep safe.

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We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!

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