The world is extremely visual - large billboards, screens, small mobile devices - a visually polluted environment. Lightcube helps individuals locate the meanings of these visuals, decode and synthesise them, while also creating programmes that help practitioners and image-makers to contemplate deeper. Our research focusses on contemporary issues around visual culture and to democratise the production and dissemination of visual arts.
Through the medium of cinema and visual story-telling we engage young minds in colleges and schools. Lightcube conducts cinema workshops, imparting image literacy in informal settings - providing adolescents with the necessary tools and understanding to comprehend the world around them. Lightcube also employs cinema as a medium of alternative learning for adult populations that may not have access proper learning environments.
Cinema's history is full of significant films that have been lost forever. Lightcube actively pursues the aim to preserve materials that have historic and cultural value. Though we are a small organisation, we have made a reasonable collection of film related material, old magazines, posters. We have recently made available to the public, a digital archive of the writings, letters and photographs by late Mr. B D Garga, a prominent film historian of India.
Lightcube uses cinema to engage communities and provide means and training for communities to articulate their concerns. Lightcube reaches out to remote communities enabling them with the ability to express themselves and exert their identities in the visual landscape, making them a part of the larger narrative. The Dhenuki Cinema Project also aims to address latent issues within these communities by introducing new ways of thinking.