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July 28, 2006

Raqs Media Collective:


'There Has Been a Change of Plan'

:: Raqs Media Collective: 'There Has Been a Change of Plan' (Selected Works 2002-2006) :: Nature Morte Gallery, A 1 Neeti Bagh, New Delhi :: August 5 - 26, 2006 ::

Sometimes, adjustments have to be made. Schedules need calibration. There are contingencies, questions, obstinate demands, weak excuses, strong desires. You return to the city you never left. You pause, take stock. Sit still and let a conversation begin. Maybe? Around you, aeroplanes sit on wooden platforms in a wilderness like widows on a funeral pyre. Clocks measure fatigue, anxiety and modest epiphanies across latitudes. A door to nowhere stands obstinately against the sky. All your cities are a blur. "Do you like looking at maps?"

Meanwhile, measures are taken, shoes lost and found, ghost stories gather, the city whispers conspiracies to itself, the situation is tense but under control. Someone offers you a postcard. Now: Let's see what happens. Raqs Media Collective is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition in Delhi - 'There Has Been A Change of Plan' at Nature Morte Gallery. The exhibition features selected works (2002 - 2006) in the form of cross media installations with networked computers, objects, postcards, video, sound, prints and projections.

Works exhibited include: 'Lost New Shoes', selections from 'A Measure of Anacoustic Reason', 'Location (n)', '28.28 N / 77.15 E :: 2001/02 (Co-Ordinates of Everyday Life, Delhi 2001-2002)', 'Erosion by Whispers', 'Preface to a Ghost Story' and 'There Has Been a Change of Plan'.

About Raqs Media Collective

(Excerpt from the Wikipedia Entry on Raqs Media Collective): Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by independent media practitioners Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Based in Delhi, their work engages with urban spaces and global circuits, persistently welding a sharp, edgily contemporary sense of what it means to lay claim to the world from the streets of Delhi. At the same time, Raqs articulates an intimately lived relationship with myths and histories of diverse provenances. Raqs sees its work as opening out a series of investigations with image, sound, software, objects, performance, print, text and lately, curation, that straddle different (and changing) affective and aesthetic registers, expressing an imaginative unpacking of questions of identity and location, a deep ambivalence towards modernity and a quiet but consistent critique of the operations of power and property.

In 2001 Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi where they coordinate media productions, pursue and administer independent research and practice projects and also work as members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series. For Raqs, Sarai is a space where they have the freedom to pursue interdisciplinary and hybrid contexts for creative work and to develop a sustained engagement with urban space and with different forms of media.

Posted by jo at July 28, 2006 08:59 AM