IN BOOM BOOM ROOMS
In the aftermath of an explosion of thought, the Raqs Collective swoops in to dissect the debris. ADITI SAXTON stands by
esoteric construct of sphota, an explosion of meaning impelled by triangulated vectors of making a thought, speaking a thought, and grasping a thought, as articulated by the 5th century linguist, Bhart hari — who per Wikipedia is also the author of Vākyapadīya —a happy corollary of any examination of Raqs’ work.
They don’t seem particularly interested in installing themselves in turrets and garrets, as the guards of arcane secrets or creators of privileged perspective. This is a Raqs does the dirty with texts and words and videos, sculptures and short films and sound installations, algorithmic representations of cross-computer conversations, and intricate stencils in foil. To all the whingeing and hand wringing over mixedmedia and its mixed messaging, Raqs is a riposte, the conclusive quip that closes the conversation like a dropped bomb.
At Gallery Nature Morte in Delhi till January 12, 2013
• Breaking down labels Works from the exhibition