An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

I love how time exists relative to one’s self .I liked how the few moments before the man’s life was stretched into a never-ending moment mixed with is panic and the inmate reflex of the human spirit to survive .I think time cannot be without emotions it is as if the relativity of time to oneself is an equation that cannot be without emotion .If the man didn’t have that sense of hope in the light of his imminent death,if he didn’t have that the acid wash of panic that must have swept waves in stomach and that flood of adrenaline took over his imagination his senses and drove him to believe in the possibility of escape ,time wouldn’t have existed like it did for him in those last few moments.

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Kahani Badi Filmi Hai

In this part of the course, we look at the ideas of Time through cinema, examining not (only) from the perspective of the story but through various lenses. We will watch ten films, curated to be representative of their time and concept(s).

These films need to be viewed through lens like protagonists versus antagonists, action / movement, music and sound, costume, poster and type, social commentary, etc. These lenses will be made clear as we discuss aspects of cinema in the seminar class. With your lens, you will make an installation in the studio class.

List of films (subject to change)

  1. Do Bheega Zameen (1953)
  2. Sahib, Bibi aur Ghulam (1962)
  3. Hare Rama, Hare Krishna (1971)
  4. Shatranj Ke Khildadi (1977)
  5.  Jaane Bhi Do Yaaroon (1983)
  6.  Pushpak Vimana (1987)
  7.  Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
  8. Dilse (1998)
  9. Maqbool (2004)
  10. Queen (2013)

Class Notes and Assignment

This week was all about archives: the nature of archives, the role they play for a person, a society, a collective, even the nation. We worked with the nature of museums, libraries, and archives. The class discussed the various kinds of archives and the elements that go into them, through case studies of the Indian Memory Project and the Asia Art Archive.

This week students have been asked to picture themselves ten years in the future, and bring an object to class, to make that projection. Each student will have 3 to 5 minutes to make a short “show and tell”.