Raqs Media Collective


Lincoln School of Art & Design: In Session Guest Lecture by Raqs Media Collective –  Tuesday 13th May, 6pm

Exhibition: An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale 13 – 23 May at Project Space Plus  at Lincoln School of Art & Design. Opening Tuesday 13th May 7 – 8.30pm

Masterclass: Method and Mayhem of Archival Adventures’ 14th May, 11am – 4pm, booking essential.


The In Session public lecture series at Lincoln School of Art & Design, invites speakers to speculate on the 21st century art school – its role, function, purpose, challenges and opportunities.  In Session has brought together artists, curators, designers and academics from LSA&D, elsewhere in the UK and overseas, to lead this important conversation and we are delighted to be hosting Raqs Media Collective for the fifth event.

The Raqs Media Collective enjoy a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They make contemporary art and film, curate exhibitions, edit books, stage events, collaborate with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have initiated processes that have profoundly changed contemporary culture in India. Their work has been presented at major institutions internationally, including solo exhibitions at Tate Britain and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and they have participated in the Venice and São Paulo biennales.

The Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta and is based in New Delhi, India.  Raqs remains closely involved with the Sarai programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies an initiative they co-founded in 2000.


The lecture will be followed by the launch of ‘An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale’  by Raqs Media Collective at Project Space Plus  at Lincoln School of Art & Design.  An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale (2011) is a silent looped video projection that, through subtle alterations, transforms an archival photograph taken in Calcutta in 1911. Raqs describe their intervention in this image as a means to “conjure a constellation of stars onto a drawing board, induce tremors too gentle to disturb the Richter Scale…and introduce a rustle and hesitation in the determined stillness of surveyors hard at work mapping empire.”  The exhibition continues until 23 May, open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm.

Details: Guest Lecture by Raqs Media Collective –  Tuesday 13th May

Venue: EMMTEC Theatre, EMMTEC, Brayford Pool Campus

5.30pm Registration, 6.00pm Lecture , 7.15pm Refreshments in Project Space Plus for the launch of An Afternoon Unregistered on the Richter Scale.


Please register your attendance at this event as places are limited.   You can register online at www.lincoln.ac.uk/events or contact the Events Officetelephone 01522 837100, or email events@lincoln.ac.uk. 

Masterclass Workshop:

The following day (Wednesday 14th May, 11am-4pm) RAQS media collective will lead a Masterclass workshop: ‘Method and Mayhem of Archival Adventures’ at Lincoln School of Art & design.  Raqs Media Collective will share the method and mayhem that they bring to their archival adventures, using history, memory, dream and myth – as levers with which to prize open the presences and silences folded into files, annotations and digital repositories. The workshop will investigate processes and procedures that can make archives of all kinds yield materials for artistic transformation. The day will include a visit to MACE (The Media Archive of Central England),  and a reading group session using a text written by Raqs Media Collective. Places for the workshop are limited and booking is essential via store.lincoln.ac.uk (go to Events, then Art & Design). A contribution towards costs of £15/ £10 concession will be required on booking for this workshop via the University of Lincoln online store.

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