Shaina Anand

Shaina Anand has been active as an independent filmmaker and media artist since 1981. Her works are informed by an interest in media and information politics and by a critique of documentary form and process. Anand formed the Mumbai-based ChitraKarKhana for independent experimental media in 2001. ChitraKarKhana’s interventions and projects, which include Rustle TV (2004), WI City TV (2005), Khirkeeyaan (2006), CCTV Social (2008), and Wharfage (2009), embrace experimental pedagogy and employ technologies such as TV, radio, cable networks, and inexpensive surveillance equipment for the creation of temporary communication zones and micromedia landscapes. Anand has exhibited and published widely. In 2007, she co-initiated PAD.MA, the Public Access Digital Media Archive, an online archive of densely text-annotated video material, made available online and for download in non-commercial use. She is a co-founder of CAMP, an organization in Mumbai cultivating radical artistic practice with a variety of media. CAMP seeks to create structures of support, rhythms of production and distribution, and to provide a collaborative atmosphere in which artists can work collectively on the challenges facing art and cultural practices in the region.