‘Nostalgia for the Future’ is a documentary film on Indian modernity, the making of the citizen and the architecture of the home. It looks at four distinct imaginations of homes and bodies across examples of buildings made over the period of a century. The film explores these spaces and the bodies that were imagined to inhabit them through the evocation of the cinematic and aural collective memory of a nation reinventing itself. The film is therefore shot on multiple formats – 16mm film and video, in both colour and black and white, along with archival footage from state propaganda films and mainstream cinema.
Avijit Mukul Kishore is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Mumbai, working in documentary and inter-disciplinary moving-image practices. He is involved in cinema pedagogy as a lecturer, and curates film programmes for prominent national cultural institutions. His films as director include 'Snapshots from a Family Album', 'Vertical City', 'To Let the World In', 'Electric Shadows' and 'Nostalgia for the Future'; and as cinematographer: 'Kumar Talkies', 'Kali Salwaar', 'John and Jane', 'Seven Islands and a Metro,' 'Bidesia in Bambai', 'I am Micro' and 'An Old Dog’s Diary'.
Rohan Shivkumar is an architect and an urban designer practicing in Mumbai, and Deputy Director at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. His work spans architectural and interior design, to urban research and consultancy on issues concerning housing, public space and sanitation. He is interested in exploring the many ways of reading and representing the city, and is co-editor of the publication on a research and art collaboration – 'Project Cinema City'. He also curates film programmes and writes for 'Anarchytect' (blog) on cinema and urban issues. He is working on a book discussing approaches to the design of homes among Indian architectural practices.
This event is part of new series entitled Urban Ecologies.
Snacks served at 5:00pm, film screening starts at 5:30pm