Ekta Mittal and Yashaswini Raghunandan, India 2012, colour, sound, HD, 18min
Presence is the second film from the Behind the Tin Sheets Archive. Landscapes shift, people move from place to place – time passes and spaces evolve. Through this metamorphosis, new things try to replace the old. Some remain and linger and some go missing and disappear. We remember and we also forget. Between this, we encounter the invisible. This film reflects the subconscious of migrant workers against an urban landscape in metamorphosis. As they carry their stories in and out of many cities, the cities bear witness to these fragments. A point of impermanence and permanence collide, in close proximity with the filmmakers’ haunt within the city. Suspended from time and space, the familiar begins to render the unfamiliar.
Desire Machine Collective (Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya), India 2010, colour, sound, 35mm, 39min
This film was shot in a redundant Thermal power plant in the outskirts of the city of Guwahati. It forms a response to DMC’s interest in constructed signs that can never be replicated or remembered and in the relationship between matter and memory. There is an endless circularity and an unbearable silence — the pause that punctuates the experiences.
Programme duration 57 min
Presented in partnership with London Indian Film Festival. Supported by Arts Council England, Film London and Western Union.
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation