October 11, 2015 - Laumeier Sculpture Park - Raqs Media Collective announced as inaugural exhibition in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center
October 11, 2015

Raqs Media Collective announced as inaugural exhibition in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center

Raqs Media Collective, If the World is a Fair Place Then…, 2015. 40 stainless steel bands, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Jeanine Chan.

Raqs Media Collective
Art in the Age of Collective Intelligence and If the World is a Fair Place Then…

October 16, 2015–February 14, 2016
Opening: October 15, 5–8pm

Laumeier Sculpture Park
Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, Art Hike Trail
12580 Rott Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63127

www.laumeier.org
www.raqsmediacollective.net

Curator: Dana Turkovic


Laumeier Sculpture Park

announced Raqs Media Collective: Art in the Age of Collective Intelligence as the inaugural exhibition in the Whitaker Foundation Gallery of the new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. The indoor exhibition, plus an outdoor commission by Raqs entitled If the World is a Fair Place Then…, will run October 16, 2015 through February 14, 2016.

The Raqs Media Collective consists of three media practitioners—Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta—based in New Delhi, India. Art in the Age of Collective Intelligence consists of a large series of photographs and a constructed library of books expanding on Raqs’ ongoing preoccupation with change from the inside. Layered texts within the photographs and books examine the ideas of “fairness” and “unfairness” using cut-out fragments of passages as shadowed insertions, leaving both physical and contextual marks.

If the World is a Fair Place Then… is an outdoor commission inspired by the more than 500 responses to the prompt gathered by Laumeier in 2014. 40 stainless steel bands etched with various thoughts, feelings and ideas from the responses encircle tree trunks along Laumeier’s Art Hike Trail, exploring Raqs’ interest in the history of World’s Fairs—especially the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis—and the polyphony of the crowd.

“Our collaboration with the Raqs Media Collective is the perfect exhibition with which to open the new Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center to the public,” said Marilu Knode, Laumeier’s Executive Director. “Raqs’ separate yet related indoor exhibition and outdoor commission allow us to physically link our indoor and outdoor activities within the Park—one of our main objectives for the new building.”


The Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1991 by independent media practitioners Jeebesh Bagchi (b. 1965, New Delhi), Monica Narula (b. 1969, New Delhi) and Shuddhabrata Sengupta (b. 1968, New Delhi). They are described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. In 2001, Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi, where they coordinated media productions, pursued and administered independent research and practice projects and also worked as members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series. They have had solo exhibitions at The Tate Britain and Frith Street Gallery in London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Centro de Arte dos de Mayos (CA2M), Madrid; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cambridge; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Raqs has exhibited in group exhibitions and art fairs worldwide, including the 56th Venice Bienale 2015; Manifesta 7 in Trentino (which they co-curated); the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial in 2010; the 8th Shanghai Biennale in 2010; Emocao Art. ficial, Sao Paolo; Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, New York; Roomade Office for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Serpentine Gallery, London; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Istanbul Biennial in 2007; Ogaki Biennale of New Media Art in 2006; the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005; Taipei Biennial in 2004; and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, in 2002. They live and work in New Delhi.

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