Saturday, December 1, 2012

‘Sarai Reader 09’

A major art project curated by the renowned art group, Raqs Media Collective, is a collaboration between Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon along with Sarai Centre for Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

Sarai Reader 09 is a nine month exhibition unfolds as a process generative of visions, concepts, speculations and projections which, in turn, make room for heresy, for new modalities of being, for exchanges, relays and interferences. The exhibition posits a situation of shifting co¬-inhabitation in a space by many agents and actors, in diverse, multiple, conjoined and contradictory ways. An accompanying note states: "It intends to investigate the nature of theensation of thinking, and its resonating extensions into the myriad worlds that we inhabit and invent." 

It opened a couple of months ago with Architectural interventions in the space of art foundation, with Sayantan Maitra Boka and Zuleikha Chowdhary. These interventions created an ‘empty space’, and so, to open it to multiple readings and transformations by participating artists over the nine months of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be punctuated through ‘episodes’ – points of focus and dispersal – where processes that have been undertaken by artists will gather impetus and open out across concentrated moments of public attention. Each episode will be a day¬long public event, with workshops, performances, talks, discussions, special screenings and music.

Episode One: 13th October, 2012
Episode Two: 15th December, 2012
Episode Three: 3rd February, 2013

The exhibition takes its name from the Sarai Reader book series, which have been widely recognised as a site of critical and creative thinking. The making of the book ‘Sarai Reader 09 (Projections)’, will accompany the exhibition.

Sarai Reader 09 includes works gathered incrementally over the nine months. Artists, researchers, scholars, curators, critics, filmmakers, writers, performers, dancers, musicians, magicians, activists, scientists, photographers, archivists, architects, poets, journalists, and more, are invited to make proposals that can be timed for specific durations. The exhibition space will keep transforming. 

A proposal room, where proposals by artists for works in the exhibition, invited through an open call, is available for reading. At the opening, there were proposals by close to 40 artists for works that commenced after the opening. These will grow to over 100 proposals over the nine months..

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