HWP 2015-16 | October 5, 2015 – July 29, 2016
From the Miraculous to the Mundane
Led by Resident Professor Ghalya Saadawi and Resident Advisor Haig AivazianWith Visiting Professors Minerva Cuevas, Sandra Noeth, Raqs Media Collective and Ghassan Salhab; Preface organized by Ali Cherri
With seminars led by Ahmad Beydoun, Finbarr Barry Flood, and Iman Issa.
Sandra Noeth | February 1 – March 2, 2016
Raqs Media Collective | June 6 – July 1, 2016
Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 in New Delhi, by Jeebesh Bagchi, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Monica Narula, after they graduated from the AJK Mass Communication and Research Center, Jamia Millia University in New Delhi, while working together on their first, now lost, 16mm film, Half the Night Left, and the Universe to Comprehend. Raqs is a word in Arabic, Persian and Urdu that connotes an ecstatic form of kinesis. Raqs take it to signify the practice of kinetic contemplation.
Over the past two decades, the Raqs Collective has enjoyed playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They create installations, make videos, photographs, print and online works, play with archival traces, make exhibitions and art interventions in public spaces, write essays, enact lecture-performances, engage with pedagogical procedures, edit books, design events, and foster collaborations.
In 2000, Raqs co-founded the Sarai New Media Initiative at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi, and the Sarai Reader Series. Raqs’ work has been exhibited widely, including at Documenta, and at the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennials. They have had solo shows in museums and in educational and independent art spaces in Boston, Brussels, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, London, New York, and Toronto among other cities. Raqs also curated Rest of Now, Manifesta 7 (Bolzano, 2008), Sarai Reader 09 (Gurgaon, 2012-13), and INSERT2014 (Delhi, 2014).
With guest speakers Mania Akbari, Salima Hashmi, Yasmina Jraissati, Sami Khatib, and Cuauhtémoc Medina.
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