LMCC — Raqs Media Collective

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Date/Time: 10/11/2004 12:00 am

Please join us for a panel discussion with India’s Raqs Media Collective, moderated by Singapore art theorist Gunalan Nadarajan
Wednesday November 10th, 7:00pm
Multipurpose Room in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, between Park Row and Gold Street (entrance closer to Gold).
The Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) is a group of media practitioners that works in new media & digital art practice, documentary filmmaking, photography, media theory & research, writing, criticism and curation. The collective has been working together since 1991. Their work explores the power of the unregulated communications of city life: the experience of movie theater audiences in Delhi, the illegal posters on the sides of constructions sites, the traffic on websites and chatrooms, or the illegal bootlegging of the latest Hollywood DVD’s. Based in New Delhi, India, Raqs is one of the initiators of Sarai: The New Media Initiative, (www.sarai.net) a program of interdisciplinary research and practice on media, city space and urban culture at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.
The artists will discuss their past work, including their multi-media installations exhibited at Documenta 11, the Walker Art Center, and their current installation at Bose Pacia gallery in Chelsea. Gunalan Nadarajan, an art theorist, curator and writer from Singapore who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art, architecture and cyberculture, will moderate the discussion. Mr. Nadarajan is the author of Ambulations, based on the notion of walking, and has recently contributed a chapter on ‘Ornamental Biotechnology’ for Biotechnology, Art and Culture (MIT Press, 2003).
The Raqs Media Collective Artists Dialogue is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Imposter in the Waiting Room on view from November 9 – December 30, 2004 at the Bose Pacia gallery (http://www.bosepacia.com) in Chelsea.  The talk is also part of Downtown Digital Futures, LMCC’s multi-year platform for artists, cultural planners, urban developers, and technologists to creatively explore the role of art and technology in the transformation of Lower Manhattan and other urban centers. Downtown Digital Futures includes public art installations, artists’ talks, large scale commissions, and a research and policy think tank. For more information, please visit http://www.lmcc.net/ddf