The RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT is an experimental non-narrative road movie filmed in India by Umabeecroft, inspired by the cultural, economic and spiritual context that we discovered on our voyage .

This video approaches an abstract and futuristic vision of the complex matrix called Indian nation


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My former explorations around the old industrial landscapes and the filthy fertile environments led me to imagine the possibilities of the development of a future India. Our search for the elusive electronic tabla machine, the Riyaz Master, brought us on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes from Auroville to Kolkata, Varanasi to Bhopal.
Some of the sequences include Aghori Nauminath a member of Aghora (an extremely secretive sect of Hinduism) filmed along the Ganga, being the only human appearance in this film; the rests of Durga idols (the supreme goddess, embodiment of femenine and creative energy ) inmersed in the water along the Hooghly river in Kolkata and the Matrimandir, the spiritual centre of the international community in Auroville.

video art & electronic music lab will produce a 45 m DVD with the images shot by Umabeecroft and the original electronic music composed by SIGMOON with some low tech indian electronic musical machines & cinematic sounds + the spoken words by Kenji Siratori (japanese cyberpunk writer)

Next Screenings at All Art Now International Video Festival in Damascus (SY).
4th- 13th February. Different Venues (British Council, Netherlands Institute, Goethe Institute, Syrian International University, Gallery Dar Kalemat Aleppo, All Art Now House...)

Final RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT presentation in INDIA at CeC09 Festival(Feb/March 09).
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16/12/06: Lille 3000 Festival at Tripostal, Lille (FR)
21/12/06: OPA, Paris (FR)
30/03/07: Festival Sincronía. NIU, Barcelona (ES)
29/06/07: CincoEchegaray, Málaga (ES)
29/06/07: Triennal of Arquitecture. MusicboxLisboa, Lisboa (PT)
26/10/07: Spektropen Festival at Galata Perform, Istanbul (TR)
06/01/08: Die Remise, Berlin (DE)
25/01/08: Hoerbar, Hamburg (DE)
26/02/08: Barcelona Visual Sound Festival at La Farinera, Barcelona (ES)
25/03/08: BEFF5, The Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (TH)
11/06/08: Naresuan University, Phitsanulok (THAILAND)
20/06/08: Heure Exquise. Lille (FR)
27/06/08: Cyborg Film Festival. Anghiari (IT)
03/07/08: Fascurt Festival. Masnou, Barcelona (ES)
06/07/08: Festival Miden, Kalamata (GR)
Jul-Aug08: The 809 International New Image Art Festival. (CHINA)
26/09/08: Broadcast at Transfera Video Art. Canal Autor (ES)
23/10/08: Streaming Festival (NL)
31/10/08-05/11/08: Magatzems Wall & Video, Valencia (ES)
06/11/08: OPTICA, International Video Festival, Gijón (ES)
15/11/08: International Experimental Film Festival Carbunari, Florean Museum (RO)
24/11/08: Neu Epoch Vision 08. Feria de Arte Independiente, Madrid (ES)
26/11/08: Art Tech Media, Córdoba (ES)

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