[artinfo] Raqs Media Collective: Talk at Buchsenhausen

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen labor at buchsenhausen.at
Fri Jun 27 17:08:28 CEST 2008

Fact, Facticity, and the Imagination

talk and discussion

Tue 01.07.2008, 19.00

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Weiherburggasse 13
6020 Innsbruck, Austria


The origins of Raqs Media Collective’s practice lies in documentary
filmmaking, and though they have traversed a long distance from the
empiricist imperative of mainstream documentary making, documents
themselves, and other forms that gesture to the notionally real,
continue to intrigue them.
Raqs are interested in documents because of the rhetorical spaces that
can be prised open while handling documents. These include the elaborate
disguises and ruses that the rhetoric of documents sometimes carry with
and within itself.

Raqs’ work has occasionally investigated these folds and fissures in the
documentary mode to create correspondences between fact, facticity (the
appearance of something as factual) and the imagination. In their talk
at Buchsenausen, Raqs will rehearse an itinerary through this disputed
territory, which is claimed contentiously and simultaneously, by reality
and some of its close relations.

Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, Shuddhabrata
Sengupta) is a collective of media practitioners based in New Delhi that
works in art practice, new media, filmmaking, photography, media theory
& research, writing, criticism and curation. Raqs are currently
co-curators of the MANIFESTA 7 in South Tyrol/Trentino.


An event from the series "Aesthetic Journalism" by Alfredo Cramerotti.

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