The Encounter with the Real

The Praxis of Short Non-fiction – Online, 27th November 2022.

(Specially Curated Session of Appreciation and Analysis of Non-fictions of Shorter Duration)


Zone of Interest
Participants are welcome who are interested primarily about creating a relation with the reality of a given space through moving images and sounds, within a limited period of time. That ‘profilmic’ exercise (of camera-facing-real space) may culminate into various forms of short non-fictions.

Mode of Interaction
Online / One day / Six hours

The session will focus on documentaries of shorter duration, which were made through a significant interaction of the maker with a space, but the interaction not necessarily might have been a prolonged one. The examples of the films would provide some ideas about the modes of interaction with a space through image and sound capturing devices, like: creating a specific image-definition of a space; sensing the temporal rhythm of a space; getting into the inner invisible qualities of a space; creating a network of spatial compositions, characters, objects, movements, gestures emanating from a space, and, rearranging and realigning those relations to arrive at a significant audio-visual experiential form generated from that encounter. The session would also indicate towards an artisanal and materialistic approach where the iconic-indexical nature of ‘profilmic’ image gathered from reality gradually may lead the creative mind of the maker towards various possibilities of churning of ideas and abstractions – as opposed to the more familiar practice, where pre-conceived ideas are put in operation in a given space.

Deb Kamal Ganguly
An alumnus from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Kolkata, DebKamal Ganguly is an independent filmmaker, researcher and teacher of cinematic arts. He has taught for 08 years (2012-2020) and designed curriculum in Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune,  in the departments of Film Editing, Film Direction and Screen Studies; and as a guest faculty in National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Flame University, Pune, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Ganguly’s works have been published under special curator-ship from Lowave, Paris; his video art featured in the exhibition ‘Indian Highway’ and showcased in galleries of various cities of Europe and Asia. His films done in the capacity of editor, script-writer and sound designer have been shown in competitive sections of various international festivals and received recognition, including ‘Tiger Award for Shorts’ in Rotterdam (IFFR 2007). Ganguly has presented papers in various international and national seminars and conferences on various themes related to cinema, Deleuze studies, visual art, interfaces of art practices, translation studies, collective memory, Bengal studies, Media studies, pedagogy of cinema, film editing as a discipline, immersive sound etc including CARA-CIECT conference in Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (2018), CILECT conference in VGIK, Moscow (2019), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater (2019). He is a participant of an international project for artistic research involving BRICS countries, being the coordinator for India (2018).

Digital certificates of participation will be issued.

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