What is the weight of the Moon – 2 Feb 2011 at the Free Cinema School Salon W1H 5BW

What is the Weight of the Moon?

Screening and discussion Nabil Ahmed: a response to the situation of over 50,000 Bengali students whose colleges are currently under investigation by the UK government to assess their legitimacy.

Wednesday 2 February 2011, 7-9pm

Free Cinema School Salon

Centre for Possible Studies

64 Seymour Street London W1H 5BW

Free

Nabil Ahmed took the title for What is the Weight of the Moon? from The Middleman, a film by Satyajit Rai forming part of a cycle of films that reflects on the political implications of being a student in Calcutta during the 1970s. Ahmed’s project is a response to the situation of over 50,000 Bengali students whose colleges are currently under investigation by the UK government to assess their legitimacy. Through the medium of film, What is the Weight of the Moon? explores the low visibility of the colleges, which are often identified only by ambiguous-looking signboards in the east London area, and the near-invisibility of their students.

Originally conceived as a two-channel video installation consisting of a video essay and a set of edited interviews, Ahmed’s work places student interviewees outside the frame. The viewer is invited to become an active listener by controlling a three-channel audio mixer to hear field recordings and simultaneous translations of the interviews in Bengali and English.

For the Free Cinema School salon, the videos will be screened separately and will be accompanied by an artist-led presentation and discussion, mapping the various strands of the project, from the Bengali language movement to anti-documentary techniques and the neoliberalisation of education. Respondents will include student activists.

Nabil Ahmed is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths. His practice involves working with people, software, video, spoken word and text to form critical responses to relevant political questions. He has collaborated with various galleries, project spaces and institutions, including the Victoria & Albert, no.w.here, Wet Sounds, Waterside Project Space, The Showroom and openvizor. He is the co-founder of Call & Response, London’s first multi-channel sound art gallery and project space.
http://callandresponse.org..uk

 

2 thoughts on “What is the weight of the Moon – 2 Feb 2011 at the Free Cinema School Salon W1H 5BW

  1. Would love to know more about this, but am in Melbourne, so not able to get to anything you guys are putting on – can someone tell me more about the investigation? and the students? Are these the ‘fake colleges’ that Nandita Dogra talks about in her piece as needing to be curbed? Like the ones in Melbourne and Sydney that have now been shut down, forcing the effective expulsion of thousands and thousands of Punjabis and Gujuratis (and some others)….
    What has been the response on staff unions and student unions to the investigations? I would be very grateful if somebody could post more on this….

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    1. Liz,

      So much here to say. This Free School is another pop up. We are building a network of such experiments and part of our (some of us) drive within this is to get people researching on just these issues.

      There is a lot of true crap to read as well. Idiots setting up advice (entrapment?) pages that have no real analysis: http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Course/Bogus-Schools.htm

      Then there is the intrepid BBC reporters, doing their job (funny bit in here about Winnie the Pooh in an attempt to be cute: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3703907.stm

      Still no analysis.

      And then this, sent from Heidi, fronted by someone who seemed familiar (ex NOLS) but I’m not sure: http://www.lushtv.net/navitas/navitas12b.html

      A forum for discussion of Points Based Immigration, and the campaign, could do with an update also: http://www.goldsmithssu.org/campaigns/students_not_suspects and more of this needed: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/calendar/?id=3917

      And download the Goldsmiths UCU submission to the Uk Border Authority Consultation here: http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/ucu/misc/SUBMISSION_TO_HOME_OFFICE_CONSULTATION_ON_THE_STUDENT_IMMIGRATION_SYSTEM.doc

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