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Raqs Media Collective & Gunalan Nadarajan

In Conversation

Left side shows a pixelated collage reading "I marking" and "masking my" and right side shows an underwater view with light shining through

Thursday, December 3, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Virtual Event


Lecture / Discussion
Open to the public
Free of charge

Raqs Media Collective in Conversation with Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean, Stamps School of Art & Design
Co-presented with Expo Chicago

December 3, 2020 — 11am EST/​10am CST/ 7.30pm IST

Following the world première of two new videos commissioned by Stamps Gallery, twentyfourbyseven*(6 mins , video, calligraphy, text, animation), 2020 and Why do they call the answer to a question, a solution?*(12 mins, video, spoken word), 2020, Raqs Media Collective reflect on the process of creating The Pandemic Circle after the predicament of quarantine and seclusion caused by the Covid-19 pandemic gripped contemporary life across the globe. The Pandemic Circle includes 31 Days(18 minutes, video, calligraphy, text), 2020, the first video in the series that was released in the summer of 2020

The renowned collective will be in conversation with Gunalan Nadarajan, curator and Dean of Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

Description of NEW Films in the Pandemic Circle 

twentyfourbyseven(6 mins , video, calligraphy, text, animation), 2020

Walking a tightrope between knowing and feeling in elongated pandemic days and nights. There is an awareness of the awareness of how the nervous system responds to the nervousness of this time. There is now the out-of-body sensation of looking back on each moment as it passes, twentyfourbyseven.

Why do they call the answer to a question, a solution?(12 mins, video, spoken word), 2020

The third video in this Pandemic Circle turns into an enquiry into the very form of thinking. It moves between lesions, joys, epiphanies, and terror. The image and voice rewire spaces left unattended by various 20th century impasses. The film reflects on exhaustion and inventiveness, love and dignity, deep pasts and faint futures, and the ruptures that modulate the share of overcoming” and overturning” in our individual selves, and collective life. The video enters troubled waters to search for news way to look at horizons.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan, Outreach & Public engagement Coordinator, Stamps Gallery
Kate Sierzputowski, Strategic Initiatives & Programming Coordinator, Expo Chicago.