Raqs Media Collective: A Myriad Marginalia is an experimental studio course taught by the members of Raqs Media Collective during their spring 2015 residency as the second Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholars in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Raqs members Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta explore manuscript marginalia with RISD students to develop a body of artistic, philosophical, and narrative resources that range from the medieval to the contemporary and produce an experimental manuscript together. The course and exhibition celebrate the “marginalist”—usually an apprentice or scribe—who inspires new ideas by constructing a counter-narrative to the main body of a text. The Museum’s Lower Farago Gallery, the working space while Raqs is in residency March 17 to April 9, includes source material, work in progress, and the final manuscript—along with related projects. Museum visitors are encouraged to interact with the materials and attend class discussions and other events during the residency; see the source material and final manuscript, as well as select artwork by Raqs, on view through May 31.
Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) are based in Delhi, India. Raqs’ (pronounced “Rux”) varied work locates them at the intersection of contemporary art, historical inquiry, philosophical speculation, research, and theory, often taking the form of installations, online and offline media, performances, and encounters. They have exhibited widely at major international spaces and events, including solo and group exhibitions at Lightbox, Tate Britain (London), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), Documenta 11 (Kassel), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and Serpentine Gallery (London). Members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series, they curated The Rest of Now and co-curated Scenarios for Manifesta 7 (2008).
The Raqs Media Collective residency and exhibition are made possible through the Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar Visiting Scholar in Painting endowed program at RISD, presented through collaboration between the RISD Museum, the RISD Painting Department, and RISD Global Partners & Programs.
Support for the RISD Museum provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and private funders.