Provisions for Everybody inscribes an eccentric itinerary on and off the trail of George Orwell that accompanies a reading of ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. Traveling between Northern England, Eastern India, Myanmar (Burma) and Catalonia, Raqs pause at Wigan Bier, where Orwell queried the future, at Motihari, in Bihar, India, where he was born in the shadow of an opium godown, on the road from Mandalay, where he began to understand the operations of force, in the neighborhood of Newcastle and Durham where he investigated coal mining and miners, and in the streets of Barcelona, where he dodged bullets. Raqs will also share their short film, 31 Days : A conversation in images, missives to selves and world, mood swings in lockdown and a share in the planet’s lucid dreams during a global pandemic.
Based in Delhi, India, Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 by Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Raqs practices across several media, making installation, sculpture, video, performance, text, lexica and curation. Raqs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and Sao Paulo Biennales. They have had solo shows in museums, and educational and independent art spaces, in Boston, Brussels, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, London, New York, Toronto, Dusseldorf, Manchester, Doha, Buenos Aires among others. Works by Raqs are part of several contemporary art collections and museums. Their essays have been widely published. In 2000, they co-founded the Sarai program at CSDS, New Delhi and ran it for a decade, where they innovated on infrastructural conditions of practices and knowledge production, and also edited the nine-volume Sarai Reader series.
Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies
School of Media Studies
The New School