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PAD.MA fellowships

PAD.MA <http://PAD.MA/> – is an online archive of densely text-annotated
video material, primarily footage and not films. The entire collection
is searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non-
commercial use. We see PAD.MA <http://PAD.MA/> as a way of opening up a
set of images, intentions and effects present in video footage, that
conventions of video- making, editing and spectatorship have tended to
suppress.

This is our first call for fellowships and we would like to connect with
people from diverse backgrounds and interests, who like to work
creatively on video, film, digital and offline archives or collections.
We are offering two types of fellowships.

The first is a call to work with online video, *writing about video
and film, and creative combinations of the two.* The second is a call
for those interested in research and writing on early film histories in
India.

Please distribute these fellowship calls widely.


*1. Pad.ma Fellowship for Experiments with Video Archives *

Over the last 4 years, through many contributions from groups and
individuals, Pad.ma has built a growing collection of documentary
footage, contemporary art video, cinema, performing and classical arts,
lectures, long interviews and so on. We now want to open the archive up
to collaborations, video contributions from surprising and disparate
sources, experiments in writing about, displaying and sharing video.

We invite proposals for fellowships with Pad.ma, especially those
interested in working with video and archives in the following ways

- Writing on existing footage in the archive: Many essays on
Pad.ma are a commentary on a set of videos, or link disparate videos in
collections. See examples at http://essays.pad.ma <http://essays.pad.ma/>

- Contribution of an existing collection of videos to Pad.ma: The
contribution can be of a specific set of videos that are linked
thematically, or sourced from a project such as documentary films or
existing archives. An example of this is Kolar Gold Fields footage
sourced from the film ‘After the Gold’(J.Nair). See
https://pad.ma/grid/title/project==Kolar٪20Gold٪20Fields٪20and٪20MinesThe project

proposal must include transcription and annotation of videos, where
possible extended to a written essay.

- Software development: Pad.ma is always looking for programmers
- amateurs or professionals – who are interested in extending the
software behind Pad.ma (http://pan.do/ra), or who might want to use the
Pad.ma API (http:/pad.ma/api) to build interesting applications.

- Pad.ma also invites general scholarship on material from early
film archives, the Internet Archive’s moving image library, and other
offline sources. We also encourage research and exploratory writing on
popular and mass cultures online, that culls from Youtube and other
online video platforms. These materials can be drawn together from
diverse sources – an example in Pad.ma is the collection of the Radia
tapes that are recordings of conversations between power brokers and
media houses that were leaked to the public. The collection can be used
for analysis, investigative journalism, but also as a script for a play
or film. See https://pad.ma/grid/title/list==zi:The٪20Radia٪20Tap٪28e٪29s

Duration of Fellowship: 6 Months*
Remuneration*: 15,000 per month over 6 months, to be disbursed in 3
installments

The fellowship will commence in September, 2012 and will culminate in a
seminar-workshop in February, 2013 for the Pad.ma fellows. Maximum
number of fellows chosen will be 8.

Please apply with a statement of your research interest (1 page or 500
word outline) and plan for the fellowship and a copy of your CV. You can
also send a writing sample and additional links to videos, images and
other files, using host services such as http://hostb.org
<http://hostb.org/>. We may require a meeting in Mumbai or Bengaluru
before final decision on the proposals.

Applicants can be of any educational or disciplinary background.

Last date of submission of proposals: 6th August, 2012
Date for deciding proposals: 24th August, 2012
Write to Namita A. Malhotra: n@pad.ma <mailto:n@pad.ma>

2. Pad.ma Research Fellowship in Film Histories

While the focus of Pad.ma thus far has primarily been on footage, we
would like to open Pad.ma out to an exploration of film studies, history
and technology. Technology does not merely change the way films are made
or seen, but also the way that it is studied, and film studies has
travelled a long way from the time that one had to make notes in the
dark to the control over the temporal flow of the film brought by video.
Through this fellowship we are interested in exploring the possible
futures of film studies when it meets new technologies and the internet
which allows for different ways in which we can categorize, retrieve and
write about the moving image.

Celebrating forty years of copyright-free cinema in (1952 being the
current threshold) amidst the hundred years of Indian cinema this year,
we intend to upload pre-1952 films on to Pad.ma and open them out to
future collaborations with film historians and scholars. Fellows are
encouraged to apply with a statement of their research interests, the
films that they would like to work with on pad.ma <http://pad.ma/> and
the kind of materials around the film that they would bring into
conversation with the film.

Duration of Fellowship: 6 Months (with a possible extension to a year
subject to future funding)*
Remuneration*: 15,000 per month over 6 months, to be disbursed in 3
installments

Maximum number of fellows chosen will be 4. There will be additional
fellowships administered via Jadavpur University Media Lab, and the
School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

There will be a board of mentors including leading film scholars who
will guide the independent fellows. There will also be a workshop at the
beginning and the end of the fellowship period.

Please apply with a statement of your research interest and plan for the
fellowship, a copy of your CV and one sample piece of writing. You can
also send a writing sample and additional links to videos, images and
other files, using host services such as http://hostb.org
<http://hostb.org/>. We may require a meeting in Mumbai or Bengaluru
before a final decision on the proposals.

Last date of submission of proposals: 6th August, 2012
Date for deciding proposals: 24th August, 2012
Write to Lawrence Liang: lawrence@altlawforum.org
<mailto:lawrence@altlawforum.org>

by teru kuwayama at 2012-08-03 10:53:39 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

06 Aug 2012 00:08
fyi, assuming that renumeration is Indian rupees, not USD.

by teru kuwayama | 03 Aug 2012 10:08 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→

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