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Collecting Europe Artist Commissions: The Return of Tipu’s Tiger
Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Lunchroom, Learning Centre)
Performances: 1 February, 4pm & 3 February, 7:30pm
Raqs Media Collective are participating in Collecting Europe Artist Commissions at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Their project, entitled ‘The Return of Tipu’s Tiger’, takes one of the V&A’s most popular objects and considers how visitors might react to it in the future. An 18th-century automaton from South India, Tipu’s Tiger reminds us of the ongoing battle between defeat and victory, man and nature, history and mystery.
Frith Street Gallery is delighted to announce that Raqs Media Collective have been shortlisted for the prestigious Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square. In their proposed work ‘The Emperor’s Old Clothes,’ the artists invoke a statue, a stony relic of the British Empire, only to take away the body of power from this figure, leaving just an empty robe as a reminder.
A maquette will be presented in the Annenberg Court at the National Gallery from 19 January until 26 March 2017.
THICKET with Raqs Media Collective
14 – 18 December 2016
Tate Exchange (Switch House, Level 5), Tate Modern, London
Raqs Media Collective will transform the floor of Tate Exchange into a thicket; a forest of lines and connections that grow over time. This interactive work will foster an accumulation of readings that will occupy space, time, and attention through a participatory installation. Thicket will be realized through three actions, titled “Anybody, Everybody, Make a Mark”, “The Unbroken Reading” and “Memorophilia”.
Events are free but require booking through the Tate Modern website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/workshop/tate-exchange/thicket
“Why Not Ask Again? – Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories”
11th Shanghai Biennale
11 November 2016 — 14 March 2017
Raqs Media Collective are Chief Curators of the 11th Shanghai Biennale, which opens to the public on Saturday 12 November. The show’s title – “Why Not Ask Again? Arguments, Counter-arguments and Stories” – is inspired by filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak’s film Arguments, Counter-Arguments & Stories (1974), and will feature over 90 artists.
The biennale’s main venue, opened in 2012, is in a former power plant. The rest of the show will take place in various locations throughout the city, including the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, the Good Choice Bakery, and Shanghai Concert Hall Square, among others.
Gwangju Biennale 2016
The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)
2 September – 6 November 2016
The Ecliptic (2014) by Raqs Media Collective is featured in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea. While placing art center stage, GB11 is a constellation of various parts taking place throughout 2016. GB11 comprises Monthly Gatherings, the ongoing Infra-School, a group of national and international Biennale Fellows, the Forum, two publications and an exhibition which stretches from the Gwangju Biennale building to other venues and places in the city.
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