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Shuddhabrata Sengupta

The pursuit of the planetary
11 August 2018 / 11.30 am–12.45 pm CEST

Raqs Media Collective, 2014
Raqs Media Collective, Corrections to the
First Draft of History
, 2014


In his keynote lecture Shuddhabrata Sengupta discusses the notion of the planetary as an emergent figure of thought in twenty-first century culture and addresses various questions that might interest the Global Academy from the multi-faceted view of an artist, curator and writer.

See his keynote lecture on our YouTube channel here.
Shuddhabrata Sengupta is an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective, Delhi. Raqs Media Collective plays a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agents provocateurs. They create installations and make videos, photographs, print and online works; they play with archival traces and orchestrate art interventions in public spaces. They write essays, enact lectureperformances, engage with pedagogical procedures, edit books, design events, and foster collaborations. They have worked with architects, scholars, coders, writers, designers, translators, performers, artists, curators and theatre directors, and founded processes that have become an influential force in contemporary intellectual and cultural life.

Raqs has exhibited widely at exhibitions such as documenta, Kassel (DE) and the Venice (IT), Istanbul (TR), Taipei, Liverpool (GB), Shanghai (CN), Sydney (AU) and São Paulo (BR) Biennials. They have had many solo exhibitions in museums, and educational and independent art spaces around the world. Their most recent exhibition is currently on show at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalia/K21 Museum in Düsseldorf (DE). They have been invited to teach in many institutions and self-organized initiatives. Sengupta was the (2015/16) Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism with the Center for Curatorial Studies (Hessel Museum of Art) and the Human Rights Program at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, both New York, NY (US).
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