MUMA in partnership with AsialinkArts and IMA are pleased to co-present a keynote lecture by Raqs Media Collective members Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The lecture will be convened by Natalie King, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts/Senior Curator MPavilion.
The Raqs Media Collective enjoys playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art, have made films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes that have left deep impacts on contemporary culture in India. Raqs (pron. rux) follows its self-declared imperative of 'kinetic contemplation' to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures.
Raqs were co-curators of Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy (2008) and in addition to participating in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2010); the 8th Shanghai Biennale, China (2010) and Documenta 11, Kassel (2002), their work has been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, US (2013); the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2012); Baltic Centre, Gateshead, UK (2010) and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010). Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) presented work by Raqs Media Collective in Liquid Archive, curated by Geraldine Barlow (2012).
Raqs Media Collective‘s Australian visit has been made possible by IMA, Brisbane where they are presenting work in Imaginary Accord, current until 11 July 2015.