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Difference Screen seminar held

Dimapur, Nov 17
Published on 18 Nov. 2015 12:32 AM IST
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A seminar on films created by internationally reputed artistes which reflects on changing realities in respect of lifestyles and places of different people, time, landscapes etc was held at Pilgrims School, Nagarjan, Dimapur, Tuesday. Resource person, Bruce Allan from England who is also the curator of Difference Screen conducted the seminar; he was accompanied by Tridip Dutta from Assam.
The screened clippings were art works created to provoke certain thoughts, describe places from a peculiar vantage point, depict the current situations of some political set-ups and generate a sense of drawing conclusions on various ordinary subjects.
The clippings were artistically crafted to feed a general population so that they could also have a taste of a different phase of art which otherwise is mostly obscure and often missed out in a regular film.
Some of the clippings reflected strongly on geo-political situations of various countries which often are either overlooked or kept under guard.
Bruce gave brief explanations before each clipping but left the element of surprise to spectators and also the room for them to draw their own conclusions. Bruce said he was on a world tour across 20 countries to screen the films and his visit to Nagaland and the Northeast India was the last leg of the grant commissioned by the Arts Council of England in the year 2013.
The form of art showcased, according to some of spectators, was very new and something which Nagas were yet to explore. In a short discussion post the screening, Bruce said, Difference Screen was an evolving project which consisted of artistes involved in videography.
He said even after the closing date of the grant, Difference Screen will continue to screen unofficially as they still had invitations from some countries like New Zealand, Portugal and Kiev in Ukraine.
Bruce said the art was while mostly easily understood by fellow artistes was also a equally understood and enjoyed by people not much into arts as the language of the art was loud and revealing enough. He said, the art like any other form of art leaves behind a residual effect which makes people yearn to see more of it.
Bruce and Tridip were headed for Jorhat after the seminar as they had scheduled a seminar there as well.
The programme was organized by NU, SASRD artist and renowned painter Limasangwa Aonok in association with Act of Kindness (AOK), Dimapur, Nagaland. AOK member Adrian Mahong chaired the seminar while Lenti Aier presented the introduction of the resource persons while Limasangwa delivered the vote of thanks.
(Aneila Seyie Keretsü)

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