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03 November 2020


video feature
Kolkata – Gandhi – PPNRCD

Kolkata


The November edition of NewMediaFest2020 is a very political one!
What kind of world we are currently living in! Like only a few times before citizens all over the world are requested to stand up against the attempts of all those in power who try currently the world community into a totalitarian mud. No matter, whether it’s a president of one of the prominent democracies in the world or one a lower political level the Mayor of the City of Cologne, no matter whether it’s in Belarus, Russia, Hungary or Turkey, there are just a few countries left trying to save democracy for the following generations, elsewhere the society is sinking in the mud of corruption. It is time to stand up, and many people go on the streets and demonstrate by following the maximes of Mahatma Gandhi, that’s why he is even more relevant than ever before. It’s the political and the moral and human dimension alike that matter!

The complete Gandhi PPNRCD Film Collection is featured until
31 December 2020 on ALPHABET screenings – Cinema L

WOW Jubilee 2020 Kolkata – 16 October – 31 December 2020
Mahatma Gandhi – 151st birthday – (02 October 1869)

The Wake Up! Memorial
is happy to launch today

Gandhi! – PPNRCD

PPNRCD – stands for “Peaceful Protest – Nonviolent Resistance – Civil Disobedience”
a new film collection initiated on occasion of the 151st anniversary of Mathatma Gandhi’s birthday and the collaboration with Birla Academy of Art & Culture and Culture Monks India both located in Kolkata India and the exhibition @ Birla Academy of Art & Culture –
SPEAKING GANDHIANA : Visual journeys of Gandhi@150 & beyond
16 October – 22 November 2020

The Wake Up! Memorial


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Gandhi! – PPNRCD
PPNRCD – stands for “Peaceful Protest – Nonviolent Resistance – Civil Disobedience”

In short, these three methods are representing the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s fight for the independence of India from the British Empire (15 August 1947).
During the global conflicts, at his time this was most unusual to propagate nonviolence instead of violence and war which was more popular in the uprising nationalism worldwide.
But Gandhi was successful, however, he was paying a very high price – he was assassinated like his likeminded follower Martin Luther King, while propagating nonviolence and, Nelson Mandela whose nonviolence finally succeeded only after he was sitting for decades in prison.

More than 150 years ago – on 2 October 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born, he was assassinated on 10 January 1948.

What can Gandhi’s methods tell us today?
They haven’t lost anything of their explosive force, think of the current movements of climate change, social equality etc, when “war” and enforcing conflicts are again an option. There is no politician on Earth who does not speak of war currently!

While Gandhi’s achievements are representing the historical roots for later nonviolent political and social movements, the project would like to spotlight incidents taking place after Gandhi’s death driven by the spirit of non-violence and humanity, think of Martin Luther King’s equal rights movement, the peaceful revolution of the German Re-unification or the liberation from the Apartheit in South Africa, for instance, or current movements of climate change, or all the daily situations when people overcome conflicts via nonviolence.

The Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata is planning between 16 October – 22 November 2020– an exhibition on occasion of the 151st anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Invited to prepare a screening program of videos for the anniversary exhibition dealing with Gandhi’s maxims in a narrow or wider sense, Wilfried Agricola de Cologne initiated at The Wake Up! Memorial a new commemorative context, based on the new film collection, entitled; Gandhi – PPNRCD – Peaceful Protest – Nonviolent Resistance – Civic Disobedience, consisting of 30 artvideos, and selected 15 videos as a part of the exhibition context.

This screening program is realized in collaboration between The Birla Academy of Art and Culture Kolkata, Culture Monks India, The Best of Kolkata Campus and The Wake Up! Memorial, A Virtual Memorial Foundation, The New Museum of Networked Art and NewMediaFest2020 complemented and accompanied by the screening of the complete film collection @ ALPHABET at The New Museum of Networked Art online between 15 October and 31 December 2020 (end of NewMediaFest2020).

Birla Academy of Art & Culture

Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata

Who we are

The Birla Academy of Art & Culture was established in 1967 with the principal objective of fostering the growth of art and culture with emphasis on visual and performing arts. In this time, the Academy has established itself as a centre of cultural, artistic and educational activities.

History

It all started when Sri & Smt B.K. Birla; foremost industrialists of India, had started collecting rare and valuable treasures of art out of their profound love for art & beauty. With a sizeable collection in place, it was decided that such veritable treasure troves of history should be accessible to all. A public Charitable Trust was created in 1962 with a view to collecting, preserving and exhibiting art objects for the public.

For accommodating the proposed institute, the present eleven storied building was completed in 1966 and it was formally inaugurated under the name “Birla Academy of Art & Culture” by Karan Singh in 1967. It is now one of the premier museums and art galleries of the country. It consists of spacious display-halls, necessary for full-fledged cultural centre of modern importance.

Facilities & Activities

The main activities of the Academy consist of :

Collecting, preserving and displaying museum objects
Hosting exhibitions of Indian and International Art objects
Organizing cultural performances
Educational programmes of varied nature

The museum of the Academy has a distinct character of its own and depicts the growth and development of Indian art from 1st century, B.C. till now. The museum houses works by many celebrated contemporary Indian artists as well as few fine specimens of modern western art. The Garden adjacent to the Academy is often used for open air expositions, art-fairs and cultural performances.

In order to unearth hidden and young talent, the Academy organizes All India Annual Exhibitions, one man shows, Group shows and Kala melas at regular intervals. In the field of performing arts, a cultural performance is organized once in a month.

The Academy is not only concerned about India’s glorious artistic past. It also promotes artistic activities and to help artists, the Academy lets out its 2nd and 4th floor Galleries including Auditorium to artists, art societies and cultural groups at a very nominal rent.

The Academy also holds Educational programmes, lectures, seminars, film shows, workshops and art appreciation classes. The Academy maintains an impressive library with a fine and eclectic collection of art books, journals and periodicals for public use.

Achievements & Successes

A distinctive achievement of the Academy has been the presentation of quite a few international exhibitions; of which the most memorable is the show of the outstanding French sculptor Rodin; a landmark exhibition for Calcutta. Other notable exhibits included the works of Henry Moore and the Graphics of Picasso. It has also hosted Russian festival shows, German Expressionist’s graphics, French designs and also American, Chinese and British porcelains.

With the active co-operation of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the U.S.I.S. legendary American plays such as “Once upon a Mattress” and “Driving Miss Daisy” had been organized for the enjoyment of the people.

On an ending note, the Academy has also been enriched during the last 50 years by the continuous inflow of countless treasures.

Culture Monks India - About

Culture Monks is an interdisciplinary, cross cultural platform of artists, academicians & professionals, with diverse interest, practices, converging the intersection of art, culture & sustainability.

Simultaneously, the complete Gandhi PPNRCD Film Collection will be screened online @ ALPHABET at Cinema L starting on 16 October 2020 – complementing the selection presented in Kolkata @ Birla Academy via a 2nd program. In this way, people all over the world have the chance to participate in the show and celebrate not only Gandhi’s birthday, but also his legacy in shape of this maxims being the topic of the film collection.

CINEMA L


Gandhi – PPNRCD
151th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi @ Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata (16 October – 31 December 2020)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

1h 46 minutes

BIRLA Collection
Brancha Gautier (France) – Soldiers of Peace, 2020, 3:58
Marek Wasilewski (Poland) – Clarifications, 2020, 6:15
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – oaktown, 2020, 17:00
Vito Alfarano (Italy) – I Have A Dream, 2019, 11:30
Claudia Strohm (Germany) – The Woman, 2015, 9:08
Delphinus inspirations (USA) – Insurrectionists at Heart, 2020, 3:00
Kenji Kojima (Japan) – Gandhi Walks, 2020, 5:00
Yiotis Vrantzas (Greece) – Phone Call from Cairo, 2012, 5:00
Omar Robert Hamilton (Egypt) – The People Demand the Fall of the Regime, 2011, 4:00
Oliver Ressler (Austria) – Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart: Limity jsme my, 2019, 10:36
Dimitris Argyriou (Greece) – 5 Minutes Silence, 2018, 10:52
Ausin Sainz (Spain) – Peaceful Protest, 2020, 5:12
Sira & Laura Cabrera Díaz (Spain) – Revolutio, 2014, 6:20
Shahar Marcus (Israel – Seeds, 2012, 5:08
Fran Orallo (Spain) – Nuclear Pigeon, 2020, 1:00


Gandhi – PPNRCD
151th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi @ Birla Academy of Art & Culture Kolkata (16 October – 31 December 2020)
curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne

Daniela Lucato (Italy) – My Name Is Sami, 2020, 3:49
Bankleer (Germany) – minority in majority , 2011, 4.30 min
Kuesti Fraun (Austria) – Tolerance, 2014, 1:00
Eda Emirdag (Turkey) – Last Dance, 2016, 1:56
Guilherme Bergamini (Brazil) – Plenitude, 2020, 5:00
Elisbeth Ross (Mexico) – MEMORY IN THE CITY, 2008, 4’34
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Soulpower, 2020, 15:00
William Peña Vega (Colombia) – Control, 2013, 3:45
Kaiser Nahhas (Syria) – A Protest against internet Censorship in Turkey, 2014, 4:26
Daniel Djamo (Romania) – Untitled: Syria, 2011, 5:58
Ivar Veermae (Estonia) – Warm Up, 2010, 2:24
Hande Zerkin (Turkey) – Democracy, 2014, 2:34
Silvia De Gennaro (Italy) – The days of rage, 2011, 03:00
Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – Never Wake Up, 2016/2001, 3:35


Schedule for – 03 November

  • BEAP – Biennale of Electronic Art Perth/Australia – 1 September – 17 November 2004
  • MIVA _ Centro de las Artes – La Ronda Quito/Ecuador / 2 October – 8 Nov 2015
  • Visionaria Film Festival Siena/Italy – 20 October – 20 November 2006
  • Biennale 3000 Sao Paulo by Fred Forest MAC – Contemporary Art Museum Sao Paulo – 7 October – 15 December 2006
  • *MICROPOLIS – International contest for Digital Film & Video Athens/Greece- 30 November -20 January 2006
  • *Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida/Spain: 3 – 29 November -*”Violencia sin cuerpos”
  • Visions in New York City – Video Art Festival – 02-13 November 2009