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Raqs Media Collective

Twilight Language

Raqs Media Collective: Twilight Language

In their first major UK exhibition, Raqs Media Collective unravel worlds, make questions, haunt memorials, and follow the tangled threads of how histories and ways of thinking about emancipation intersect. Through new and existing work, 'Twilight Language' signals a lighthouse semaphore for all that is lost and found between errant longitudes, infected histories and contagious futures. Touched by the eddies of time in Manchester, new works include a lighthouse that signals the semaphore of twilight language, video portraits of guardians of the city's history, and the fluttering of the soot-sprinkled Peppered Moth through 3D printed geologic time. The exhibition will give viewers an exceptional opportunity to experience Raqs Media Collective's ideas, insights and art.

Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs are artists, curators, researchers, editors and philosophical agents provocateurs. The Collective’s work addresses connectedness, temporality and plenitude, and places them at the intersection of art, historical enquiry and philosophical speculation. Raqs Media Collective has exhibited internationally to much acclaim, most recently with Thicket for Tate Exchange and as Chief Curators for the 11th Shanghai Biennale (both 2016).


Raqs Media Collective
The Necessity of Infinity
Saturday 30 September, 3.45pm-4.45pm
Free, no need to book

The piece is a performed reading that takes off where Al As’llah Wa’l Ajwibah (Questions and Answers) — one of the most exciting yet neglected exchanges in the intellectual history of the world between Al Beruni and Ibn Sina — left off. Over two years from 999 CE, the polymaths discussed their divergent readings of Aristotle’s understanding of heaven and the stars, debating whether we are alone in the universe. Considerations of infinity necessarily entail the admissibility of many worlds other than our own.

Raqs Media Collective
Meerut Redux
Sunday 1 October, 1pm-1.15pm, and at other times during the exhibition
Free, no need to book

A contemporary interpretation of a 1930s agit-prop sketch protesting against the imprisonment of workers and activists under the Meerut Conspiracy Case in India. The manuscript of ‘Meerut’ is made available for reading courtesy of the Working Class Movement Library, Salford.

Exhibition supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Ernest Cook Trust

30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018

Image: Raqs Media Collective, Re-run, 2013