February 28, 2013 – Presentation at FICA, Delhi

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Presentation at Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), Delhi:Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: FICA Reading Room, D-42 Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024

Gilles Aubry is a sound artist currently part of the Pro Helvetia India residency programme. He will present his research in progress about the ‘Bollywood soundscape’ in Mumbai. Over six weeks in early 2013 he has recorded people at work in the film/TV industry, including music and dance studios, acting schools, shootings, auditions, dress manufacturers and theaters among others, documenting at the same time the soundscape of the neighbourhoods where these activities were taking place.

While the aesthetics and politics of Bollywood images may have been often described as products of an increasingly globalized and normalized entertainment industry, Aubry’s recordings display an astonishing complexity, possibly covering many aspects of the contemporary Indian society.
Along with excerpts of the soundtrack of Pasolini’s 1969 film essay “Notes towards a film about India”, Aubry will discuss the very idea of using film-making as a way to question society.