8The School of Arts and Aesthetics organized a talk by Ashish Rajadhyaksha on ‘Slow descent into hell: How the moving image is coping with digital India?’ on the 11th of December. Ashish Rajadhyaksha is the author of Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009) and co-author of Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema (2001). The canvas he painted, touched upon, a wide range of enquiries into notions of realism in cinema, stardom beyond cinema and the role of the spectator. While invoking the idea of increasing digitalization of life, the speaker dealt with the question of access and transformative capabilities of the ‘technologically armed spectator’. He talks of the spectator as a data navigator in their inhabited spaces with the potential to make digital interventions. The discussion opened up an idea of viewing the digital eco-space as an extension of the public sphere in terms of a possible shift from the spectator’s passive consumption of celluloid to one that is moored to its ‘interiorised knowledge’.


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