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Slow Descent into Digital Hell: How the Moving Image Is Coping with Digital India

Lecture by Ashish Rajadhyaksha
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:00pm

The public process of making and showing movies provided one of the major institutions of democratic modernity in 20th-century India. As India enters a new era of digital governance, the shift to digital filmmaking and exhibition is transforming the essentially political practices that the cinema created. Ashish Rajadhyaksha looks at Bollywood films and accompanying video games, independent cinema, and key works in experimental video in the context of these changes in India’s massive moving image industry.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema (1999/2001) and author of Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009). He has curated a number of film and art events, such as the 'Bombay/Mumbai 1992–2002' exhibition that was a part of Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis (Tate Modern, 2002, with Geeta Kapur), Memories of Cinema (IVth Guangzhou Triennale, 2011) and You Don't Belong (a package of experimental video, documentary and fiction films that traveled through five cities in China and Hong Kong). He was Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (1998–2013) and has since then been Visiting Professor at the Lingnan University, Hong Kong, the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore and the School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.