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Emmanuel Grimaud | India, France 2016 | 67 Min. | OmeU

Monday, 08.05.2017, 4:30pm | tickets
Votiv Kino | Gr. Saal



In the tumultuous city of Mumbai, a strange robot appears. Its name is Bappa, and it looks like the god, Ganesha. Anyone can volunteer to control it from a distance, and hence take on the voice of God. Bappa soon becomes a convincing interface for broadcasting ideas and opinions. As the Ganesha festival is at its height, Hindu priests use the robot to transmit their incantations, astrologers make predictions for their customers and militants speak through the mechanical deity to propose social reforms. For the first time in the history of religions, it is possible to take the place of God, and for those who believe, to converse with Him or appeal to His wisdom.


Born in Clamart, France in 1973, Emmanuel Grimaud is an anthropologist, a director, and a research associate at the CNRS in Paris. He has studied a wide range of subjects, including robotics, eye movements, astro-morphology and techniques for measuring the aura. He started making films after working as an assistant in India to Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - 1999). Grimaud has written several books and exhibited multiple installations around the world. He is the chief coordinator of Artmap, a platform for collaborative arts/science projects and of the Expérience-Limite workshop.


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