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Screening and discussion of ‘W1RK Field 0.25’ at Devi Art Foundation, 8th October 2012

WALA + Kush Badhwar hosted conversation and  discussion on the first version of the film ‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’ (W1RKF) at Devi Art Foundation. This 20 minute long first version of the film used footages from a trip to Mumbai that Wala and Kush undertook together and accessed three spaces: the roof of a 28-storey Andheri apartment block, a hidden corner of Mahim Fort, and a river-bed of trash in Mankhurd. Each character converses from one of the three sites,  adopting perspectives of development, history and waste from the spaces, and engaging in dialogue about the city.

The proposed film will grow through screenings, conversations and further shooting in different locations, which will be added back into the video before subsequent screenings. This project is part of ongoing Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition.

Screening and Discussion of W1RKF 0.25, part of Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition

We in One Room Kitchen Field

We in One Room Kitchen Field


‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’, a WALA+Kush Badhwar’s Project at SARAI READER 09, 13th October 2012

The first version of this in-process and perennially growing film ‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’ (current duration 108 minutes) was shown at Sarai Reader 09’s Episode One. A collaborative work with Kush Badhwar, the film shows three people conversing with each other from three different spaces in Mumbai: the roof of a 28-storey Andheri apartment block, a hidden corner of Mahim Fort and a river bed of trash in Mankhurd, adopting perspectives of development, history and waste from the spaces and engaging with the city from these perspectives. Emerging from these perspectives was individual discovery of these spaces, a non-constructive, non-linear, spontaneous dialogue rather than concrete conclusions one usually encounters from mediated forms such as news and documentary. A play with the duration of the film is also intended in the nine-month exhibition process. This collaborative dialogue between WALA and Kush Badhwar introduces our idea of producing situations of release, distance and no reversals, to be explored fully in our upcoming performance “ECHO”. In the next six months of Sarai Reader Exhibition ‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’ will host conversation marathons with different peer groups participants. These conversation marathons can be thought about as rehearsals, or as proposing reversals from a listener to a conversant, a presence to a reflection, a sound to an echo or maybe just function as Release nodes. And thus, the film will grow into several hours including more conversationists. Below are some images from Episode One display at Devi Art Foundation.

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We in One Room Kitchen Field

We in One Room Kitchen Field

Display at Devi Art Foundation

Display at Devi Art Foundation

'We in One Room Kitchen Field' showing at Sarai Reader 09 Exh

‘We in One Room Kitchen Field’ showing at Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition


‘W1RKF 0.75’ screening at SAVAC Monitor 10: South-Asian Experimental Film+Video

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24 April 2014 @ 7:00 pm 
Jackman Hall, AGO, 
317 Dundas St. W , Toronto, Canada

Curated by Shai Heredia

For the last decade, Monitor: South Asian Experimental Film + Video has carved out a unique place in Canada. It has held a steady engagement with an international community of artists, curators and critics, and has initiated dialogues around the shifting nature of South Asian politics, economies and landscape through artists’ film and video.

http://savac.net/monitor-10-2/

We in a One Room Kitchen Field 0.75  (W1RKF 0.75)
WALA + Kush
India, 2013, video
Runtime: 13:48
We in a One Room Kitchen Field (W1RKF) 0.75 is a collaborative film project that hosts, produces, co-produces and relays conversations. Developed throughout the nine month Sarai Reader ‘09 exhibition, the project has emerged from the initiators’ engagement with the city through perspectives of history, development, trash, politics and mythology. The resulting version of the film involved shooting/conversing on a river bed of trash in Mankhurd, Mahim Fort, a rooftop of a 28 storey Andheri apartment block, the launch of the Aam Aadmi Party in New Delhi, and the site of Delhi’s announcement as capital on its 101st anniversary.

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