Three years ago, CAMP co-initiated the online footage archive PAD.MA. This was a specific proposal for how video material could exist and be “thrown forth” beyond the limits of the filmmaking economy, and past YouTube. Now containing several hundred hours of densely annotated, transcribed, and open-access footage, PAD.MA poses many questions for digital archiving, film, and online video. It also seeds a set of possibilities and practices around footage, distribution, screening, referencing, and writing through video. Implications for the contexts of art, documentary, and theory will be the subject of this presentation.
Presented as part of a residency with Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran, organized in conjunction with the 2012 Generational.