About the Lab
Probably the only one in the subcontinent, the Harkat lab gives artists, makers and enthusiasts the space and tools to work with the celluloid medium. Harkat is also an active alternative venue with film projection facilities, keeping up its commitment to screening films on ‘film’ whenever possible. We have four working 16mm projectors (2 x Eiki + 2 x Photophone), one 8mm projector and one 35mm Christie’s projector. Artists can develop black and white reversal film at the studio and get access to equipment for making their own handmade films. We hold regular screenings and workshops at our space and are continuously working on collecting more and more film equipment. We work with Kodak and the Kodak FilmLab in Mumbai to help makers execute their work. All this is part of our larger work in the performance arts and film production.
As a collective driven film lab, Harkat focuses on the development of conscious medium-based art on film and encourages a discourse on ‘Indian’ thought on film, based on the principles of ‘Cinema of Prayoga’, as proposed by film historian Amrit Gangar. We’ve been running the 16mm film festival in Mumbai since 2017, with its primary focus being the showcasing of international works made on the medium of celluloid film, and combining it with handmade film workshops and facilitating making on film. We also mounted a curatorial called ‘India on film’ at the Serendipity Arts Festival 2019, investigating the relationship between the art and craft of making on film in the Indian context.
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