Raqs Media Collective

Guest Artists

September 2019

Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Suddhabrata Sengupta. The word ‘Raqs’ in several languages denotes an intensification of awareness and presence attained by whirling, turning, being in a estate of revolutions. Raqs Media Collective take this sense to mean ‘kinetic contemplation’ and restless and energetic entanglement with the world and with time. Raqs Media Collective practices across several forms and media; it makes art, produces performances, writes, curates exhibitions and occupies a unique position at the intersection of contemporary art, philosophical and historical enquiry. The members of Raqs Media Collective live and work in Delhi, India.
They are with us at CERN to explore ideas and to develop a new set of works in connection with scientific research.Their work has increasingly found itself entangled with new thinking about materials, energy and the fundamental physical realities of the universe, particularly in how materials like Iron are traces of the stars in our blood and in the earth. They have dived into the sea floor to consider submarine horizons. They have thought about energy and what it means to burn, and to be burned up, as fuel. And throughout all this, they have pursued a continuing interest in time, as material, as concept, as an enigma, as a universal denominator of experience, as a plastic medium capable of being stretched or compressed. Raqs' recent essay, ‘Making Bets While Knowing Nothing’ (forthcoming) takes many of these ideas further by postulating a relationship between contemporary art practice, knowledge, understandings of ‘emptiness’ in Buddhist philosophy, and the physics of stellar phenomena.

Raqs Media Collective will expand these ideas by conversing with scientists and engineers at the lab, as well as visiting experiments at the Large Hadron Collider and sites around CERN, understanding this scientific environment in its vast scope and diversity.

Organised in collaboration with Utopiana in the framework of 1000 Ecologies.