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Press relating to Raqs Media Collective

  • Raqs Media Collective: FRITH STREET GALLERY ~ Himali Singh Soin

    Published in Artforum Critics' Picks, October 2014

    A pitch-black clock, The Ecliptic, 2014, holds pride of place in Raqs Media Collective’s current exhibition, “Corrections to the First Draft of History.” Replacing numbers, one half of the clock bears the word TIME, while on the other half, the words FREE, FOLD, FIGURE, FUN, FIX, and FREEZE alternatingly light up. The alliteration provides rhythm and a sense of repetition but also brings to mind the F-word: future.

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  • Artist of the Week: Raqs Media Collective ~ Skye Sherwin

    Published in, 22 March 2012

    The Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective are Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. To describe them as artists doesn’t quite cut it. They make videos, high-tech objects, installations and online projects exploring a world reshaped by globalisation, from the blazing lights of India’s rapaciously evolving cities to the shabby gloom of a Tyneside dock. Since they founded Sarai, their Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi in 2000, they’ve reached far beyond art’s usual bounds, developing media projects with local communities, conducting urban research, editing a journal and curating international exhibitions.

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  • FIVE FOR 2009

    Published in artasiapacific, January 2010

    Revered in international art circles, the New Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective are recognized as unique cultural figures, simultaneously researchers, documentary filmmakers and new-media artists. Since their introduction to the art world in 2002’s documenta 11, Raqs have pursued cross-disciplinary interests, which remains evident in their slide-and video-illustrated-performances, such as those given in New York’s New Museum and Hong Kong nonprofit Asia Art Archive.

  • Raqs Media Collective ~ Kathy Noble

    Published in Frieze, October 2009

    Raqs Media Collective are self-styled critics and polemicists of the globalized world, urbanization and political representation, making work that is multi-facited and hyperactive, including installation, exhibitions (most recently a section of Manifesta 7) and publications. ‘Escapement’ (2009), their installation at Frith Street Gallery, comprised 27 clocks, each allocated to a city and the hands set to their respective time zones. However the clock hands marked emotions rather than time - epiphany, anxiety, duty, guilt, indifference, awe, fatigue, nostalgia, ecstasy, fear, panic, remorse - as if each city was on a nietzschean treadmill, doomed to an eternal return of extreme feeling.

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  • Raqs Media Collective: Frith Street Gallery ~ Eliza Williams

    Published in Art Monthly, October 2009

    The 27 clocks in ‘Escapement’, which span both real and fantastical spaces, the world appears simultaneously larger than ever before and yet somewhat flattened. Even the face moving around the column seems impassive, a kind of every-person.

    There are many positives qualities to this homogeneity, however – it is reassuring to recognise the qualities that all human beings share, to emphasise that we all feel panic, have epiphanies, feel awe and indifference. This is especially true when looking at the clocks from war-torn cities such as Kabul or Baghdad, where it seems more important that ever to recognise the similarities between people, rather than to concentrate on the differences.

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  • Exhibition preview: Raqs Media Collective, Birmingham ~ Robert Clark

    Published in The Guardian, Saturday 15 August 2009

    When The Scales Fall From Your Eyes is an installation of glass cast busts mounted with heads of weighing scales. Each assesses the worthiness and weight of objects ranging from downright junk through hints of fetishist import and mock preciousness. The Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective - Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta - go in for intriguing reflections on the spiritual vacuity and material wastage of consumer culture. An aura of ritualistic observance is ironically contradicted by the incongruity of the trash that is apparently held up for veneration.

  • Raqs Media Collective ~ Ossian Ward

    Published in Time Out London, 23 July 2009

    A sweep of 27 clocks is arranged around the gallery in that way that offices do to make them look international – displaying time in London, Paris, New York and so on (why doesn’t Time Out have these?). In Mexico City it’s a quarter past fatigue, in Buenos Aires it’s just after ecstasy and in Shangri La it’s half past awe. There’s also panic in Beijing and Jakarta, but the beauty of these altered timepieces is that they will read differently every time you look. This is an international community of adjectives we all share, or at least we have done since 9/11, when words like fear and anxiety began to spread across our borders like flu pandemics.

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  • An eye-popping passage to India ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, Monday 15 December 2008

    The exhibition also spills over into the education room, where the Raqs Media Collective has curated its own sub-exhibition… a cluttered arrangement of aluminium stepladders on which screens are mounted, displaying a confusing array of video and film imagery. All that hardware signals cutting-edge, information-superhighway modernity. The documentary film material they show highlights the collisions between traditional rural, religious Indian culture and a new industrial society.

  • Life in Film: Raqs Media Collective

    Published in Frieze Issue 116, June - Aug 2008

    The members of Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) have been described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers and editors. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in local and international venues, locates them squarely along the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory – often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters.

  • Raqs Media Collective ~ Francesco Manacorda

    Published in Frieze Issue 108 , Jun-Aug 2007

    On their website Raqs Media Collective, who formed in 1992, explain that Raqs ‘is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu and means the state that whirling dervishes enter into when they whirl. It is also a word used for dance. At the same time Raqs could be an acronym for “rarely asked questions”.’ Based in Delhi, India, the collective comprises three artists – Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta – who meet at the crossroads of art, documentary filmmaking, new media and critical theory; their work operates on the cusp of theoretical explorations and metaphorical and aesthetic discourse.