Art collective Raqs predict future in latest Indian solo – picture feast

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In an interview for our “Words in Art” series, Indian artist group Raqs Media Collective discussed works from 2010 and earlier. See how their aesthetic and methodology has been extended in new works now on show in “Premonition”, on at Kolkata-based gallery Experimenter until the end of March 2011.

Click here to read more about Raqs latest Indian solo, “Premonition”, on at Kolkata’s Experimenter until 26 March, 2011.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Premonition', 2011, aluminium composite panel, revolving lights, metal sheet, 71" x 14" x 2", ed. of 3. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Premonition', 2011, aluminum composite panel, revolving lights, metal sheet, 71" x 14" x 2", ed. of 3. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

When livemint.com reporter Himanshu Bhagat asked Raqs to describe “Premonition”, they said:

The show is working with the idea of something to come—the idea of anticipation. … Déjà vu is the opposite of premonition, but we look at these phenomena as a kind of a loop – a premonition that is also a memory, that is also a warning, that is also a moment of reflection. The whole idea of premonition as something about to happen, as a sense of the future; now what if it is a sense of the future that never comes but perpetually defers itself. It is like looking back at the memory of an anticipation.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Images from the exhibition:

Raqs Media Collective, 'We The Fuel', 2011, digital Lambda prints interconnected by colored wall tapes, variable sizes, set of 9 images, edition of 5. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'We The Fuel', 2011, digital Lambda prints interconnected by colored wall tapes, variable sizes, set of 9 images, edition of 5. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'They called it the Twentieth Century (from The Impostor in the Waiting Room)', 2004, video on loop, 14 mins, edition of 3. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'They called it the Twentieth Century (from The Impostor in the Waiting Room)', 2004, video on loop, 14 mins, edition of 3. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Automeasure', 2011, photographic lightboxes, three equally-sized lightboxes of 26.5" x 4" x 16", ed. of 3. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Automeasure', 2011, photographic light boxes, three equally-sized light boxes of 26.5" x 4" x 16", ed. of 3. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Deja Vu and distance', 2011, variable acrylic frames, LED and single channel video. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Deja Vu and distance', 2011, variable acrylic frames, LED and single channel video. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Deja Vu and distance (detail)' 2011, variable acrylic frames, LED and single channel video. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Deja Vu and distance (detail)' 2011, variable acrylic frames, LED and single channel video. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, "Premonition" exhibition view, 2011. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Have you Factored in', 2011, single channel video on loop, ed. of 5. Image courtesy Experimenter.

Raqs Media Collective, 'Have you Factored in', 2011, single channel video on loop, ed. of 5. Image courtesy of Experimenter.

Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta formed Raqs Media Collective in 1992. Their installations combine new media techniques with sound, found objects and sculpture.

For more on the history of Raqs and their earlier works, click here to read our interview with the collective, part of our ongoing “Words in Art” series.

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