Overstory: A colloquia on practices of listening and doing in community

with Raqs Media Collective

‘Canopy’ draws its name and disposition from the practices of gathering, in joy, togetherness and anger, that the world has witnessed and is witnessing - in varying intensities over the last decade. It finds its form in the colourful tent canopies - shamiyanas - that marks places like Delhi - as shades to gather under. Occasions when people, often strangers, met face to face, sang, had conversations into the night and asserts their claims to space and time by being together. These moments and places reflect on how impulses move and moves many, and ruptures the settled rhythms of living and moving.

April 29th - May 10th

Mon, Thur, Fri
9 - 11:30am EST

16
Students

$1,250 New Student
$1,000 Returning Student
USD

RAQs Media Collective was formed in 1992 in Delhi, India by Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The word ‘raqs’ in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, and being in a state of revolution. RAQs Media Collective takes this sense to mean ‘kinetic contemplation; a restless entanglement with the world and with time. RAQs enlists objects, such as an early-modern tiger-automata from Southern India, or a biscuit from the Paris Commune, or a cup salvaged from an ancient Mediterranean shipwreck, to turn them into devices to sniff and taste time. Devices unfold in this way in order to undertake historical subterfuge and philosophical inquiry. RAQs practices across several forms of media: installation, sculpture, video, performance, text, curation, and lexica. In 2000, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS, New Delhi, and ran it for a decade, where they innovated infrastructural conditions on the practices and production of knowledge. They also edited the nine-volume Sarai Reader series.

RAQs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, The Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo Biennales. They have had solo shows in museums and educational and independent art spaces in Boston, Brussels, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, London, New York, Toronto, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Doha, Buenos Aires, among many others. Works by RAQs are part of several contemporary art collections and museums. Their essays have been widely published. 

RAQs curated Afterglow, Yokohama Triennale 2020, Why Not Ask Again, Shanghai Biennale 2016, The Rest of Now, Manifesta 7 (Bolzano, 2008), Sarai Reader 09 (Gurgaon, 2012-13) and INSERT2014 (Delhi, 2014), amongst others. Hungry for Time, an exhibition curated by them at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Vienna opens in October 2021. 

Raqs Media Collective, Auto-Didact's Transport, Permanent Transformation of Gwangju Metro Wagons, 2013, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Kyungsub Shin
Raqs Media Collective, The Laughter of Tears, Ferment, 2021, Readymade canopy, embroidery, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Stefan Stark
Raqs Media Collective, Escapement, Installation View, 2009, Mised media, Courtesy of the artists.
Raqs Media Collective, Not Yet at Ease, 2018, ARA Winter 2018 Feature, Courtesy of the artists.

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