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An Infra-vocabulary for Capital

An Infra-vocabulary for Capital (2023) Vinyl on wall, dimensions variable Further Annotation to ‘Notations on Time’ by Raqs Media Collective at Ishara Foundation, Dubai Upright board with an inscribed ‘Infra-Vocabulary’ of a selection from Raqs […]

Yours, Sincerely (2022)

Essay as a part of Half-Life, a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Art Institute of Chicago within the context of its exhibition “Static Range” by Himali Singh Soin

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Betaal / बे-ताल / Arrhythmic

Betaal / बे-ताल / ArrhythmicWires, Towers, Tablets and Augmented Reality Figures‘Being Theoria’, Zhejiang Art Museum, 4th Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2022) In many Indic languages, there are spectral, arrhythmic beings who exist between […]
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Time Travel: Board Game for Two Players

Time Travel : Board Game for Two Players Game board, scrabble squares, instructions 2022 and ongoing Time Travel was launched as a game during the Primary Forms 2, an exhibition of artists games for children […]
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soDA Magazine Story

soDA magazine 19, Zurich (2002); Casebook (2014, AGYU Canada), Raqs presented the concept of “Event-shaped Hole” which translated into the essay The Event-shaped Hole and the Photographic Image in The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, 2021 […]
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Hungry for Time An invitation to epistemic disobedience with Raqs Media CollectiveArt Collections of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 9 October 2021–30 January 2022 The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has undergone a fundamental […]
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The Laughter of Tears

The Laughter of Tears | 2021 Solo Exhibition at Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany  A Gathering of Birds Audio loop with 3 Speakers Ferment Readymade canopy silkscreen 450 x 450 cm Starlings speak in tongues. Starlings fall […]
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When Proust Catches the Glare

When Proust Catches the Glare, 2021Video, Text, Scanned Handwriting. 7 minutes, 45 seconds As the earth turns to spin slightly faster than before in 2021, and as the heavens break ranks, involuntary memories return to […]


Text and image essay by Raqs, published in The Drama Review, Volume 65 Issue 4, 2021


Text by Raqs, published in “Slow Reader: A Resource for Design Thinking and Practice”, 2021

Sharing our Sources

Text by Raqs (and extracts from essays), in the first publication accompanying “Afterglow”, Yokohama Triennale 2020, curated by Raqs Media Collective

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Yokohama Triennale 17 July – 11 October 2020 Afterglow presents works that turn space into complex diagrams of thought and feeling. It comes into close contact with the ancient, rubbing against time to discern untested […]

The Double Act of Flower-Time

Text by Raqs, published in Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm, editors Cameron Cartiere + Leon Tan, 2021


Text by Raqs, for Untranslatable Terms of Cultural Practices: A Shared Vocabulary, 2021

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In the Open or in Stealth

MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona 31 October 2018 to 17 March 2019 A realignment of resources, technologies, and energies is taking place. The intimationof this emergent ensemble, however, is faint and tangled.The exhibition is […]
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Deep Breath

Deep Breath | 2019Film (25 minutes)  Pamphilos | Athens Sometimes, the finding of an antidote to the most basic and lethal form of amnesia, ‘the forgetting of air’, may require the undertaking of a deep […]
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Time Devices (2011- 18)

Whenever the Heart Skips a Beat | 4 min 31 seconds Animated Horological Video, Words Click here to watch the video (email us on to request access) A Day in the Life of Kiribati […]
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Not yet at ease

Not Yet At Ease | 2018 Installation, Sound, Video, Treated Archival Footage and Photographs, Interpreted Documents FirstSite, Colchester, United Kingdom (2018) and ‘Spinal’, Fifth Street Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2019) Invoking transcripts of letters and […]
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Provisions for everybody (film)

Provisions for Everybody Single screen, Video, 50 minutes, Furniture 2018 “Provisions for Everybody” inscribes an eccentric itinerary on and off the trail of George Orwell that accompanies a reading of ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. […]
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Provisions for everybody

Provisions for Everybody Installation: 3 Videos, large drawing print, 3 dhurrie banners, drawings on vinyl, found furnitureAV Festival, Newcastle (2018), ‘Still More World’ Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2019) “Coal Mine. Windmill. Sugarcane Field. […]
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A thicket is a concentration of living matter. In forests, gardens, and fields, thickets rise where different plant species find it possible to thrive together in a wild celebration of life itself. Conversations too can […]
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Project 88 (Mumbai) 2018 “everything is burning” Raqs Media Collective returns to Project 88, Mumbai with “Provisions”, an exhibition that brings together the premiere in India of an ambitious recent video travelogue, ‘Provisions for Everybody’ […]
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The Assurance Clock & Toxicare 

Featured in digital posters It’s Urgent! Part II & III, Luma Westbau, Zurich 2018 The Assurance Clock The clock in the poster is an embodiment of assurance, the opposite of alarm. This is an attitude […]
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Workers and Robots Enter A Factory Canteen

Manga style text-image assemblage. Ten screen printed panels on newsprint. Unlimited Edition 2018 Graphics by Freddy Corasco An imagined conversation between real, embodied and artificial forms of intelligence, set in a moment of respite on […]
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To Ask, When Empty

To Ask, When Empty |2018 5 Lenticular Panels, 1ft. X 2ft each Project 88 | Mumbai A suite of six uniquely colourful lenticular prints offer a dance of terse imperatives at the intersection of will […]
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Toxicity in Equal Measure

Toxicity in Equal Measure Layered sheets with perforations on felt, leather, rubber, copper, steel, cardboard, fabric and acrylic, with gold impressions. 22 frames, 1 ft. X 1 ft. each Project 88 | Mumbai (2018) A […]
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Re Run

Re-Run | 2013 Video loop ‘Extra Time’ at Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (2013) |  ‘Untimely Calendar’ at NGMA, New Delhi (2014) | ‘Raqs Media Collective’ at K21, Dusseldorf (2018) Henri Cartier-Bresson took a photograph of a bank […]

Foreground Manoeuvres

Text by Raqs, published in Critical Times: Interventions in Global Critical Theory, Critical Times (2018) 1 (1): 272–276

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The necessity of Infinity

The necessity of Infinity | 2017 Reading performance, Carpet, gold embroidery, Performers, musical tone generators; Carpet Dimensions 4 x 4.8m | Exhibited at Sharjah Biennale 2017, Sharjah “The Necessity of Eternity” recounts what must be […]
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Alive, with Cerussite and Peppered Moth

Alive, with Cerussite and Peppered Moth 3D printed PLA plastic, cast polyester resin, plywood and video projections  Architectural Collaborators: Palak Jhunjhunwala and Stratis Georgiu Exhibition History: Whitworth, Manchester (2017) Mathaf, Doha (2018) Palais de Tokyo, […]
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The Emperor’s Old Clothes & Hollowgram

The Emperor’s Old Clothes | 2017 3D printed PLA Plastic and cast polyester resin Shortlisted for fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square Hollowgram| 2017  3D printed PLA plastic, cast polyester resin, plywood and video projections  Serpentine Gallery […]
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Utsushimi (2017 – ongoing)  Double Image / Token / Emanation Materialized Architectural Drawing in Illuminated Wireframe  Site specific installation at Suzu City, Oku-Noto Triennale, Japan
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Undoing walls

Undoing Walls| 2017 1’ 55” Animation loop, Variable Dimensions Can a “dysfunctional” wall structure be imagined so as to question the original intentions of a Government? Can a “welcoming” and useful wall be created; one […]
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Communard Biscuits

Communard Biscuits (2017) 3 D Printing, Silicone mould, flour, water, salt500 biscuits, 9 x 1 x 1 cm (each) Exhibited at Whitworth, Manchester A hard tack biscuit from the Paris Commune of 1871 was 3D scanned, […]
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Presentomorrow Installation with Video, Still Images and Animated Text Exhibited at Mondialité curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza, Villa Empain, Boghossian Foundation, Brussels 2017 The installation presented within the framework of Mondialité makes references to […]
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Dyeing Inayat Khan 

Dyeing Inayat Khan (2016) 2- channel video installation, color and sound New Sensorium, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2016) | Nature Morte, Bikaner House, Delhi (2021) Animation and editing: Ikroop Sandhu and Rajan Singh Click here to watch the […]
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Site specific Installation Lincoln Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK (2016)

As if by design

Text by Raqs, published under “Superhumanity” for the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial

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Time Gatherings

Meanwhile Elsewhere | 2014  Words, Clock-face Design on Vinyl Raqs Media Collective Berlin | Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh Luminous will | 2015 Exhibition at SMFA, Boston
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Seven Billion and One

Seven Billion and One | 2015  Variations of the infinity sign in gold pigment, on pages of newspapers coated with black ink (English, Hindi, Urdu), 108 sheets of 22 x 14.5 inches SMFA (School of the […]
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Asankh/ Countless

Asankh/ Countless | 2014 Digital Print on ACP, acrylic (6 x 4 ft.) | Untimely Calendar, solo show at NGMA (2014) The material infinitude that makes up the real world, Raqs argues, is a swirling, […]
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Homo Speculos

Homo Speculos | 2015 5 true mirrors in matt-black columns (38 x 38 x 168 cm, 38 x 38 x 162 cm, 38 x 38 x 138 cm, 38 x 38 x 128 cm, 38 […]
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Coronation Park 

Coronation Park | 2015  Eight sculptures (resin), nine plinths (wood and bitumen) and nine plaques (faux black marble) Giardini | All the World’s Futures’, Venice Biennale, 2015
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Bureaux of Raqs and Faqs

Bureaux of Raqs and Faqs | 2015 Found furniture, index cards, words, plaques, electronic word displays, text and a scenario Exhibited at MUAC (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo)| Mexico City
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Fever, Fever

Fever, Fever | 2015 Digital video, photo-constellations, match boxes, archival prints, 6’29’’ min (played in loop) Global Imaginations | Museum De Lakenhal | Leiden, The Netherlands
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Future Plans

Drawing animation Duration: 3 minutes Untimely Calendar/Asamayavali, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi (2014) In the world of labour, men and women, animals and devices come together and diverge in all sorts of […]
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The Museum of Lost Constellations

Thirteen Lost Constellations Grus, The Flamingo, or The Crane Cerberus, the Three-Headed Dog Custodian of the Harvest Ramus Pomifer, The Apple Branch Lilium, The Lilies Officina Typographica, The Printing Office Quadrans Muralis, The Mural Quadrant […]
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Art as place: A proposition 

Editor’s note: The three curatorial projects City as studio, Art as a place and Common ground conceived between 2009- 2014 are an extension of Raqs’s engagement with the creative community that reimagine the questions around […]
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Cutouts, animation, video loop Part of ‘The Great Bare Mat & Constellation’, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2013) and Untimely Calendar, NGMA, New Delhi (2014) A carnival: an autumnal solstice celebration of all that is […]
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Carbon Twilight & Sleepwalker’s Caravan

Carbon Twilight Video loop Duration: 3:13 minutes Exhibited at “Untimely Calendar/ Asamayavali”, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi (2014) The gatekeepers of the treasury have left the gates of the bank to stand […]
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Activo y Pasivo | Assets and Debts

Activo y Pasivo / Assets and Debts Room Installation Size: 10 x 10 x 7 ft. Medium: Wood and glass room, wallpaper, tubelights, carpet Exhibited at ‘It’s Possible Because It’s Possible’, CA2M, Madrid (2014), Untimely Calendar, NGMA, […]
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A History of Photography

Six photographic prints 2 x 2 ft. each Exhibited at Untimely Calendar, NGMA, New Delhi (2014) Reading the censored letters of soldiers from the Indian sub-continent writing home in the First World War becomes a […]
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Corrections to the First Draft of History

Corrections to the First Draft of History Newsprint, chalkboard paint and chalk Dimensions variable Exhibited in an eponymous solo exhibition, at Frith Street Gallery, London (2014) followed by Untimely Calendar, NGMA, New Delhi (2014) In 1850, a […]
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A Fortunate Spell of Pleasant Amnesia

A Fortunate Spell of Pleasant Amnesia Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper 305 x 61 inches Exhibited in Clark House initiated ‘Artists Against AFSPA’ at NGMA, Mumbai (2011), ‘Waiting for the Wind’, Experimenter, Kolkata (2014) and […]
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Autodidact’s Transport

Autodidact’s Transport Train carriage interior refurnishing, specially woven fabric, vinyl, short films, orations Public Art Project, Gwangju Folly, Gwangju Metro System, China 2014 The Autodidact’s Transport is a transformation of the interior of a Gwangju local metro […]
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Log Book Entry Before Storm

Log Book Entry Before Storm Site specific transformation In ‘Whorled Explorations’, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi 2014 Log Book Entry Before Storm is a site specific installation that occupies what was once a peculiar domestic space- a […]
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Time Interruptions (2009, 2014)

Escapement 27 clocks, high glass aluminium with LED lights, four flat screen monitors, video and audio looped Dimensions variable Arc of the day (2014) 13 clocks, high glass aluminium with LED lights, gold vinyl Frieze […]
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Will you, Beloved Stranger

Performance, Architecture, Textual Collation, 2013 Architectural collaborators: Efrat-Kowalsky Architects Video of performance: 43 minutes Video tech – Yoav Bezaleli & Oscar Abush Readers: Amit Gour and Ruba Amira Salameh Exhibited at ‘Host & Guest’ curated […]
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The Dislocation of Degree Zero

Video loop Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013) In the present world, ever since the adoption of Greenwich Mean Time, the system of longitudes beginning and ending at an arbitrarily decided degree zero […]
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The House Of Everything And Nothing

Text, Illumination and Surface Modification of an Abandoned House 24 Jor Bagh, Delhi (2013) The House of Everything and Nothing is an exploration of the infinity of worlds that Raqs Media Collective inhabit. In 2013, […]


Conversation between Chang Tsong-Zung and Raqs Media Collective 

Published in ‘Extra Time’, editor Chen Yun. Featuring contributions by Raqs Media Collective, Chong Tzung Chang, Huang Chien Hung, Lu Xinghua, Gao Shiming, Mou Sen & Li Zhenhua, 2013

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The Fruits of Labour

Fruits of Labour (2012) 100 orange fruit trees, industrial sizes fans, framed copies of the Faridabad Majdoor Samachar | Public Art Project at REAKT: Olhares e Processos, Guimaraes Approaching the sense of exhaustion and hopelessness […]
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Reverse Engineering the Euphoria Machine

Installation with furniture, 2 videos, objects, drawings, photographs Mori Museum, Tokyo (2008-09); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul (2009); Essl Museum, Vienna (2009); Gallery Nature Morte, Berlin (2012)  Euphoria Machine is the name we give to […]