Monitor 5

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

2009, 80:00 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1053.04

Monitor 5 authors a collective meditation that is heavily steeped in reality, inspired by imagination, and prompted by tradition.

“We are both sculptor and creature of our world. We construct our reality just as we are products of it. We process and consume, we contemplate and react, and we complicate it. It is in these processes, in these states of becoming, that we manifest who we are and what we believe in.”
- Mridu Chandra from
Mundane Catastrophes (2009)

Monitor 5 was curated by Mridu Chandra and first shown February 26, 2009 at Cinecycle, Toronto, Ontario.


Khaldoon Ahmed,
Nur Doner: The Journey of a Doner Kebab in Berlin, UK, 5:00, 2006
Unum Babar,
Not Being Quite Sure Till Afterwards, Pakistan, 4:30, 2008
Nilanjan Bhattacharya,
It's Open, India, 17:00, 2008
Siddhartha S Joag,
Xin Qui Nie Le!, USA, 4:00, 2008
Natasha Mendonca,
Water Colors, USA/India, 4:30, 2008
Ujjwal Utkarsh,
Purna Virama, India, 11:00, 2008
Aseem Mishra,
Seventh Seam, India, 14:00, 2007
John Greyson, Richard Fung, Ali Kazimi,
Rex vs. Sing, Canada, 20:00, 2008

Monitor, SAVAC’s annual experimental film and video program showcases new and innovative work by artists from Canada and internationally. Monitor has carved out a unique place in Canada over the last decade. It has drawn participation from a growing community of international artists, curators and critics, initiating and extending dialogues around the shifting nature of South Asian politics, economies and landscape, through film and video.

Still credit: Natasha Mendonca,
Water Colors, USA/India, 4:30, 2008.

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