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Revolutionary Forces (The Three Tasters)

Revolutionary Forces (The Three Tasters) Performative installation with rotating platforms, 2 video monitors, 3 actors West Heavens, Shanghai (2010) Three volunteers tell three stories. The surface underneath them is in a state of permanent revolution. […]
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The Communist Latento

Fragments from a Communist Latento Photographs in lightboxes, Series of 8, each 71 x 51 x 13 cm Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2010); Shanghai Biennale (2010) The Communist Latento is an image/text series […]
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Rules to be Invented

Rules to be Invented Acrylic. 60 x 60 x 60 cm Project 88, Mumbai (2010) A chessboard that scales peaks. The pieces climb up and down a terrain as uneven as history. All chess pieces […]
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Time is Money

Time is Money Prints, Series of 5, each 12 x 28 cm Impossible Exchange, Frieze Fair (2010); Time Currency, Liverpool Biennial (2010) Speculating on the concept of “time”, Time is Money intertwines financial and political […]
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Surface Tension Studies

Surface Tension Studies Giclée prints on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta paper, Series of 13, each 25 x 40 cm Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Newcastle (2010) Surface Tension Studies is a suite of photographs which considers […]
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The Knots that Bind are the Knots that Fray

The Knots that Bind are the Knots that Fray 7 channel video installation, varying lengths Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Newcastle (2010); Kiran Nadar Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Noida, U.P (2012) In […]
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phantoroman: Skirmish

phantoroman: SKIRMISH Laser-cut acrylic over inkjet on Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta paper, Series of 8, each 40 x 60 cm  Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata (2010) Skirmish is a brief, unhappy, love story with pictures and text, another of […]
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Over Time

Over Time Assembled and framed found objects, Series of 7, each 48 x 38 x 8 cm Project 88, Mumbai (2010) Seven frames stand in for the seven days of the week. Each frame contains an assemblage […]
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Can You Say that Again (5 Uneasy Pieces)

Can You Say that Again (5 Uneasy Pieces) Temporary public sculpture with 5 audio tracks (4:36, 4:43, 6:03, 4:59, 5:19); 5 sets of paired life-size sculptures with seating extensions, five recorded dialogues, speakers, sensors Anyang Public […]
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Super-Duper Helter-Skelter Lego World

Super-Duper Helter-Skelter Lego World Digital print on Hahnemühle FineArt pape, 89 x 41 cm Super-Duper Helter-Skelter Lego World is a map of the world in building blocks. Each block, repeated across the map, stands in […]
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The Things that Happen when Falling in Love

The Things that Happen when Falling in Love Installation with 18 coloured and clear acrylic figures with printed mirrored letters, wire cables, 7 video screens, 13 photographs Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Newcastle (2010) […]
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The Capital of Accumulation

Capital of Accumulation 2010/ Installation with 2 channel video projection and audio, 2 books in glass-fronted bookcase. Duration: 50:00 minutes The promised city, Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin (2010); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2010); The […]

Wonderful Uncertainty

A text by Raqs, published in ‘Curating and the Educational Turn’, edited by Paul O’Neill & Nick Wilson, Open Editions, De Appel, 2010

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Brazen (Pittsburgh Torpedo)

Brazen (2009) was displayed at The Audience and the Eavesdropper, Phillips de Pury, London and New York.
In the grounds of an abandoned steel furnace, in a city that once made the greatest amount of steel in the world, there stands an emptied out torpedo car that once transported hot molten pig iron to a steel factory across a river on rail tracks.

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The surface of each day is a different planet

The Surface of Each Day is a Different Planet | 2009Film (38 minutes)Art Now: Lightbox | Tate Britain Stories leak, histories collide. Bones, bodies, faces, and handwriting blur. Crowds gather and move. Open-ended and anti-documentary, The […]
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Escapement

Escapement Installation with 27 clocks, high glass aluminium with LED lights, four flat screen monitors, video and audio looped, dimensions variable Frith Street Gallery, London (2009) Escapement invokes clockwork, emotions, geography, fantasy and time zones […]
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On the Other Hand

On the Other Hand Wall-mounted LED, acrylic lightbox, 71 x 10 x 4 cm Frith Street Gallery, London (2009) The clock’s hands measure the stations of the hours, while human hands play their own game […]
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Decomposition

Decomposition Site-specific installation at the Asia Art Archive with index cards, self-inking stamps, printed ceramic tiles, customized jigsaw puzzles Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2009) The installation uses found poetry and accidental discoveries in archives […]
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One Four Four Zero

One Four Four Zero Acrylic glass tubes in circular acrylic housing, 15 x 64 cm diameter Escapement, Frith Street Gallery, London (2009) One thousand four hundred and forty crystal perspex tubes, some square, some circular, […]
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Love is Engineering

Love is Engineering Printed transparencies, acrylic glass, steel fixtures, 24 x 36 cm Signs Taken for Wonders: Recent Art from India and Pakistan, Aicon Gallery, London (2009) Fused transparencies of mechanical drawing encased in plexiglass […]
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When the Scales Fall from your Eyes

When the Scales Fall from your Eyes Installation with mould-blown glass busts, found objects, variable-colour light source IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2009) “When the Scales Fall from Your Eyes” dismantles our obsessions with measurement and quantifiable […]

How to be an artist by night

Text by Raqs
Published in in Art School : Propositions for the Twentieth Century, Edited by Steven Madoff. MIT Press, Boston, 2009

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Reserve Army

Reserve Army Human-sized sand finish fibreglass sculptures, cash, and barbed wire ornaments, printed vinyl screen, 335 x 214 cm MuHKA, Antwerp (2008); The Audience and the Eavesdropper, Phillips de Pury, London and New York (2008-09); […]
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Unusually Adrift from the Shoreline

Unusually Adrift from the Shoreline Site-specific Installation Neighbourhood Secrets Project/Stavanger (2008); Rådhusteateret, Sandnes, Norway (2008) A cinema invites us to see in the dark. A lighthouse helps a sailor see where he is. Both work […]
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Unfamiliar Tales

Unfamiliar Tales Lenticular photographs, Etched acrylic sheets, 2 sets of 2, each 90 x 120 cm Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (2008-09) “Unfamiliar Tales” is a pair of image-text diptychs titled ‘How The Most Terrible […]
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Anonymous Steel Worker

Anonymous Steel Worker | 2007Enamel screen print on stainless steel, 96 inches x 58.5 inchesMattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2007-08) Every factory has a time book. The time book is an index of the value of a […]
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DisOrient

DisOrient Print on bond paper, 30 x 21 cm Part of Markus Meissen’s The Violence of Participation, 2007 Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2007); Markus Meissen, The Violence of Participation (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2007) A fragment of […]
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TIME BOOK

Time Book, Exhibition Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2007-08) Special thanks to the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, Homestead, PA. Hanging on the wall across from the entrance are four non-working factory time clocks. The hand of […]
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INSURANCE % INVESTMENT

Insurance%Investment  Three videos with sound tracks, wallpaper with photographic prints, 2007 Art of the Possible, Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2007) Insurance%Investment illustrates the mental arithmetic of investment and insurance, two mechanisms designed to administer, anticipate and […]
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CEASURAL VARIATIONS I & II

Ceasural Variations I & II 2 Videos: Ceasural 1: 03:18; Ceasural 2: 3:53 Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2007-08). Re:Frame, Lowave, Paris (2009) Two short video meditations set in the post-industrial landscape of the steel town of […]
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Sightings & Four Figures

Sightings/ 2007 Altered photographs printed on vinyl. Series of 4, each 130 x 275 cm San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (2007); 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007). Sightings is a photographic experiment with decaying architecture that suggests […]
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Just Passed Harmony

Just Passed Harmony Inkjet on galvanized aluminum. 18 x 182 cm Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2007-08) A long strip of galvanized steel bears the emboss of the high road, just past the town called harmony. On […]
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However Incongruous

However Incongruous | 2011 Fibreglass (160 x 92 x 320 cm) | Print Albrecht Dürer came across rumors of the Indian rhinoceros named Gainda sometime in 1515 that he would immortalize in his woodcut, Rhinoceros. Gainda the […]
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The Mathematics of Anacoustic Reason

The Mathematics Of Anacoustic Reason Inkjet print, 182 x 120 cm Print containing images, text and mathematical symbols arranged in the form of an equation. “Out of the Equation: Roads to Reality” (a project curated […]
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With Respect to Residue

Sets of 4 Printed (Paper) Table Mats with gold pigment with maps and images | Installation with lightbox table, chair, ashtray, printed paper placemats Note: The work was first shown at the Liverpool Biennale, 2004 as […]
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The K.D.Vyas Correspondence

The Kd Vyas Correspondence, Vol.1 Installation with 18 video screens and DVD players, steel frame structure audio Museum of Communication, Frankfurt (2006); Shooting Back, Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2007); Horn Please, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern […]

Contribution For “2006 Peace Tower”

Contribution For “2006 Peace Tower” Vinyl Panel, 2 feet x 2 feet A piece in response to the invitation from Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija to contribute to the ‘Peace Tower’ for the Whitney […]
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There Has Been A Change Of Plan 

There Has Been A Change Of Plan  2006/ Photographs on Hahnemuhle FInArt paper.  Series of 4, each 96 x 137 cm There has been a change of plan, Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi (2006)   There […]
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A Dying Man Sings Of That Which Felled Him

A Dying Man Sings Of That Which Felled Him Installation with rebar, furniture, closed circuit video  Sub-contingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006). Bombaysers de Lille, Maison Folie Moulins, Lille (2006-07)  “A dying man sings […]
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3 Caveats On A Barewall | 3 Caveats To Be Worn Casually Installation of bilingual wall texts and wrist band inscriptions Sub-contingent, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2006)  “3 Caveats…” are a set of inscriptions […]

Once again, to the distant observer

Text by Raqs, published in SubContingent: The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art, Catalogue accompanying the exhibition

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Ectropy Index

2005/ HTML The word “ectropy” means a general increase in organisation. It appears to have been developed in 196 by Willard V. Quine, a philosopher and mathematician, in the course of a series of discussions […]
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 Erosion by Whispers

2005/ 2 lightboxes, galvanized wire, printed broadsheets, 66 x  76 x 13 cm | Exhibited at Ephemeral cities: A Project Space, Deptford X, London (2005) 
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Lost new shoes

2005/ Installation with shoes, astroturf, and video projections | Exhibited at Citizens, Pitzhanger Manor House, London (2005); The City Gallery, Leicester (2005); Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales (2005); Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast; (2005).  Lost New Shoes confronts […]
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Phantoroman: Preface to a ghost story

Preface to a Ghost Story, 2005, is a series of black-and-white vignettes that tell the tale of an ‘unknown citizen’ who has leaped to his death, leaving behind a make-do archive for a gathering of […]
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A Measure of Anacoustic Reason

A Measure of Anacoustic Reason | 2005Installation with 1 projection, 4 screens, 4 dialogues, 4 lecterns, 4 benches with embedded speakers, lightbox | Exhibited at India Contemporary, Venice Biennale (2005), Thermocline of Art, Zentrum fur […]
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The Wherehouse

The Wherehouse Installation with video, found objects, altered books, text panels, audio, spoken performance, photographs, and web page  Revolution/Restoration II, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2004); Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2004–05) The Wherehouse is a constellation of […]
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The Imposter in the Waiting Room

The Imposter in the Waiting Room Installation with video, photography, performance, text, sound and print Bose Pacia Gallery, New York (2004). National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) (2014) The Impostor in the Waiting Room is […]
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The Network of No_Des

The Network of No_Des HTML 12th International Symposium on Electronic Art (2004) “Nodes, when written, perhaps erroneously, as ‘no-des’ gives rise to an intriguing hybrid English/Eastern-Hindi neologism, a companion to the old words – ‘des’, and ‘par-des’. ‘Des‘ (in some […]

Dreams and Disguises, As Usual.

Text by Raqs. Published in ‘Impostor in the Waiting Room’, the publication accompanying the eponymous exhibition, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, 2004

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Utopia is a hearing aid

2003/ Posters installed in situ in Venice, Italy. 90x 60 cm (Utopia Station, Venice Biennale 2003) External link: Is the World Sleeping, Sleepless, or Awake or Dreaming? by Raqs Media Collective e-flux journal issue #56 […]
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A/S/L (Age/Sex/Location)

3-screen video & sound installation, with images, text and transcripts of a simulated chat room conversation | 2003 In this installation (which also doubles as a piece of text-based one-act electronic theatre), transcripts of chat […]
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TAS (Temporary Autonomous Sarai)

Raqs Media Collective with Atelier BowWow (Tokyo)  Portable, multi-use structure made with packing crates for computers, projectors, paper, sound and people.   Exhibited at How Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Center Minneapolis (2003) Commissioned by the […]
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5 Pieces of Evidence

5 Pieces of Evidence | 2003/ Installation with 5 video screens, audio, and steel armature  5 Pieces of Evidence reflects on missing persons, urban myths, transitoriness, maps, and global networks. The five screens are narratively organized […]
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n°28 

28.28 N / 77.15 E : 2001/02 (Co-Ordinates, Delhi) Raqs, with Pradip Saha, translate documentary video and audio log sheets, notes, excerpts from legal document, and stickers and signs to create a matrix of meaning […]
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N- Dl Jn. (New Delhi Junction) 

Location: 28° 28′ N, 77° 15′ ETime Zone: – | – | UTC/GMT +5.30 HoursAirports: 1Inhabitants: 10,009,200 (Delhi), 16, 713,200 (Including Agglomeration) 24 x CD Players, Headphones and 24 x 5 Minute Audio Loops/MP3 | F.0037.0000 […]
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Coordinates Of Everyday Life

Coordinates of Everyday Life
3 videos, 1 floor vinyl, 10,000 stickers for city walls
Co-ordinates 28.8N 77.15E. Installation using video screens, sound, print, and stickers
Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); CityOne conference, Sarai/CSDS Delhi (2003); The Roomade Office for Contemporary Art, Brussels (2003); Image Asia, Copenhagen (2003); Adaptations, curated by Craig Buckley, at Apex Art gallery in New York (2004); Fredrecianum, Kassel (2004); Digital Discourse, Malta (2005 – 2006).