Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res with Shuddhabrata Sengupta: November 7

Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res with Shuddhabrata Sengupta


“Kinetic Contemplation: Raqs Media Collective in Medias Res”

Shuddhabrata Sengupta in conversation with Professors Natalia Brizuela & Poulomi Saha
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Maude Fife Room, Wheeler Hall, Room 315

Please enjoy the event summary here, watch the video here, or listen to the podcast at our SoundCloud channel here.

Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Center and the University of California Humanities Research Institute, Institute for South Asia Studies, and the English and Art Practice Departments

Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi & Shuddhabrata Sengupta) follows its self-declared imperative of ‘kinetic contemplation’ to produce a trajectory that is restless in its forms and methods, yet concise with the infra procedures that it invents. The collective makes contemporary art, edits books, curates exhibitions, and stages situations. It has collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers, curators, and theatre directors, and has made films. It co-founded Sarai—the inter-disciplinary and incubatory space at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi—in 2001, where it initiated processes that have left deep impact on contemporary culture in India.

Exhibitions curated by Raqs include ‘The Rest of Now’ (Manifesta 7, Bolzano, 2008), Sarai Reader 09 (Gurugram, 2012-13), INSERT2014 (New Delhi, 2014) and ‘Why Not Ask Again’ (Shanghai Biennale 2016-2017). Their work has been exhibited at Documenta, the Venice, Sao Paulo, Manifesta, Istanbul, Shanghai, Sydney and Taipei Biennales. Their prospective, ‘With an Untimely Calendar’ was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, in 2014-2015. Other solo shows at museums include at the Isabella Gardner Museum (Boston 2012), CA2M (Madrid 2014), MUAC (Mexico City 2015), Tate Exchange (London 2016), Foundacion Proa (Buenos Aires 2015), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St Louis 2016), and the Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester 2017).

Note: On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (time TBD), Professors Natalia Brizuela & Poulomi Saha will lead a Faculty & Graduate Seminar with Shuddhabrata Sengupta from the Raqs Media Collective

If you would like to participate, kindly email Lauren Pearson at the Arts Research Center at

ARC’s 2018-19 program is a collaboration between ARC Interim Director Natalia Brizuela (Film & Media and Spanish & Portuguese), Tarek Elhaik (Anthropology, UC Davis), Anneka Lenssen (History of Art), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), and Poulomi Saha (English), supported by a generous grant from The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

The year’s investigations on art and critique from/in the Global South will take off with a Workshop in Mexico City (September 6-8), co-convened by Natalia Brizuela and Elena Tzelepis (University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece), organized through the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP) with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mexico City workshop will take place at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) at the UNAM. More details on the Mexico City workshop can be found here

This project was supported in part by the University of California Office of the President MRPI funding MR-15-328710.


Image: Undoing Walls (2017).