Visitors in front of pad.ma rain from CAMP

pad.ma rain

pad.ma
*2007-present, open-source media art platform, housed at CAMP in Mumbai (IN) and 0x2620 in Berlin (DE)

pad.ma rain
2018, Automated Scroll of Thumbnail view of ID’s in pad.ma, sorted by date created

pad.ma is an online archive of text-annotated video material, primarily footage and not finished films contributed by filmmakers, artists, cultural organisations, predominantly from, but not limited to India. Pad.ma went online on 29th February 2008 from Bombay; a collaboration between a group of friends; artists, filmmakers, lawyers, coders, cinephiles and free software enthusiasts living between Bangalore, Bombay and Berlin. The entire collection is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non-commercial use.

We saw pad.ma not only as an open-source, collective, non-state video repository of a recent pasts and continuing presents, but importantly as a way of opening up a set of images, intentions and effects present in video footage; resources that conventions of video-making, editing, political exigencies and spectatorship have tended to suppress, or leave behind. This expanded treatment leads us into lesser-known territory for video itself, a slower reading of reserve material, beyond the finite documentary film or the online video clip.

The design of the archive makes possible various types of “viewing” and contextualisation: from an overview of themes and timelines to much closer readings of transcribed dialogue and geographical locations, to layers of “writing” on top of the image material. Views for each ID include an info page, map view, documents view, edit and player view. Timeline options include waveform, keyframe and slit-scan. Descriptions, keywords and other interpretative annotations have been placed on timelines by both archive contributors and users. Pad.ma allows for publishable video essays and online edits traversing through material in the archive.