Caterina Barbieri

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PublisherRadio Web Macba2019
Raqs is a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu for the hypnotic state that whirling dervishes enter when they whirl but it may also be read as an acronym for Rarely Asked Questions. Founded in 1992 in Delhi by artists and independent media practitioners Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, the Raqs Media Collective addresses and challenges hardened constructs regarding temporality, collective intelligence and language through a practice of “kinetic contemplation” anchored on different modalities of thinking. The collective’s output places them at the intersections of contemporary art, philosophical speculation and “concrete” research — and it often takes the form of ...

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