Pad.ma - short for Public Access Digital Media Archive - is an online archive of densely text-annotated video material,
primarily footage and not finished films. The entire collection is
searchable and viewable online, and is free to download for non-commercial use.
We see Pad.ma as a way of opening up a set of images, intentions and
effects present in video footage, resources that conventions of video-making, editing and spectatorship have tended to suppress, or leave
behind. This expanded treatment leads us into lesser-known
territory for video itself... beyond the finite documentary film or
the online video clip.
The design of the archive makes possible various types of "viewing" and contextualisation: from an overview of themes and timelines to
much closer readings of transcribed dialogue and geographical
locations, to layers of "writing" on top of the image material.
Descriptions, keywords and other annotations have been placed on
timelines by both archive contributors and users.
The Pad.ma project was initiated by a group consisting of 0x2620
from Berlin, the Alternative Law Forum
Bangalore, and three organisations from Mumbai: CAMP
and Point of View
It was supported at its inception by a seed grant from HIVOS. Since 2010, Pad.ma is being supported by the href="http://bohen.org
"> Bohen Foundation and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives