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THE ARTIST
Raqs Media Collective
(founded in 1992, New Delhi, India)

Raqs Media Collective comprises Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabarata Sengupta. Their practice encompasses writing, photography, film, video, new media, theory and criticism. They explain that their name, Raqs, is 'a word in Persian, Arabic and Urdu and means the state that "whirling dervishes" enter into when they whirl É At the same time, Raqs could be an acronym, standing for "rarely asked questions".' Their cross-disciplinary work takes the form of installations, image-text collages, online and offline media projects, lectures, performances, and encounters, but their overarching interest is in dialogue and discourse and their special concern is for the dispossessed.

Much of Raqs' work is to do with notions of contemporaneity; one of their concerns has always been, they say, 'to look at different kinds of connections and connectivity in time and space.' And they add: 'we are constantly looking at the history of the moment in which we are in now.'
THE CLASS
About Time (3 days)
Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) lead a three-day course of conversations and considerations on time and timeliness.
Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) lead a three-day course of conversations and considerations on time and timeliness.

The first day consists of two related lectures presented by the artists: On the Qualities of Time and Two or Three Things We Know About the Future.

The second day involves a trip to the The Royal Observatory in Greenwich and a picnic on the grounds. Participants are asked to think about the evolution of timekeeping, the history of longitude and the relationship between time-keeping and death at sea.

On the third day the artists host Readings at the Time Table, an evening banquet in which texts and wine are served like courses from an elaborate menu. Each participant is asked to read a fragment of text for discussion by the group and formulate a toast to time.

DETAILS :
Price:
£30 for three days, Wednesday 13 - Fri 15 June

Ticket price includes admission fee to The Royal Observatory however food and travel expenses are not covered.

Strictly over 18s only.
This class involves alcohol consumption.

Day 1: 2 - 6pm, Wednesday 13 June, Hayward Gallery Room 2
Day 2: 10am - 4pm, Thursday 14 June, off-site (meet at Hayward Gallery Ostrich Lounge)
Day 3: 2 - 8pm, Friday 15 June, Hayward Gallery Room 2