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NASAL SCEPTRE

by Annette Finnsdottir last modified May 05, 2012 04:32 PM
The Journal of Chandrabindoo Studies By Abhishek Hazra (IN) Netvideo, 2008
Ah, those muscles: slimy bits of kite-thread that infuse normal earthly speech with a ghostly twang, a spectral drone.

What is NasalSceptre? Is it the shadow cast by a prominent nose? A nose, which has gained prominence by a regular rehearsal of its nasal muscles? Ah, those muscles: slimy bits of kite-thread that infuse normal earthly speech with a ghostly twang, a spectral drone.

Simply put, the video that the kind curators at Netfilmmakers have allowed me to upload is a shameless plug for Nasal Sceptre: The Journal of Chandrabindoo Studies.

As the name suggests, the journal is all about a critical celebration of everything that is even remotely related to Chandrabindoo – the avant-garde and also insanely popular Bangla Band, based in Kolkata, India.  Chandrabindoo is possibly the world's first Deconstructivist music band – a rare privilege that the band is only too acutely aware of. Of course they rise to the challenge with the full force of their finely honed citational wizardry.

A short, tangential take on the notion of a ghostly presence and the deep history of fissures that emit the faecal aroma of a historical farce. It references South Asian utensils for cleaning ones backside and a Bengali band named after Chandrabindoo – the Nike swoosh looking diacritic used to mark a type of nasalization in the Bengali language.

Acknowledgment:
Annette Finnsdottir and Zeenath Hasan from www.netfilmmakers.dk, Copenhagen
Mia Jankowicz and Anna Colin from Gasworks, London
Madhuban Mitra and Ashanto Sanderson Khasnobish from Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

Tec:
01: Cheap Digital Camera
02. Wet English weather (to induce cold which then ensures a blocked nasal passage)
03. Fresh Air from Highgate Cemetery, London
04. 5 pound of Lanarkshire Steel


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