Raqs Media Collective

The Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective are Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. To describe them as artists doesn’t quite cut it. They make videos, high-tech objects, installations and online projects exploring a world reshaped by globalisation, from the blazing lights of India's rapaciously evolving cities to the shabby gloom of a Tyneside dock. Since they founded Sarai, their Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi in 2000, they’ve reached far beyond art’s usual bounds, developing media projects with local communities, conducting urban research, editing a journal and curating international exhibitions.” - The Guardian

The Guardian: “Artist of the week 182: Raqs Media Collective”

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Raqs Media Collective
“The Delhi-based trio Raqs Media Collective are Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. To describe them as artists doesn’t quite cut it. They make videos, high-tech objects, installations and online projects exploring a world reshaped by globalisation, from the blazing lights of India's rapaciously evolving cities to the shabby gloom of a Tyneside dock. Since they founded Sarai, their Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, in Delhi in 2000, they’ve reached far beyond art’s usual bounds, developing media projects with local communities, conducting urban research, editing a journal and curating international exhibitions.” - The Guardian
The Guardian: “Artist of the week 182: Raqs Media Collective”
Empty House
Contemporary artist Rachel Whiteread creates ghostly casts in plaster of spaces.  The sculpture exist as a monument to the space that is not occupied by the objects she responds to.  Each cast reflects years of wear, where cracks have fissured, dust has gathered and wood has warped.
This piece entitled, “House” (1993) is a concrete cast of a Victorian house in East London, exhibited exactly where the original house once stood.  Controversial, some loved the work, others hated it and it was destroyed by the London Council about a year after it was made.  The Independent wrote about it, “Denatured by transformation, things turn strange here.  Fireplaces bulge outwards from the walls of the House, doorknobs are rounded hollows.  Architraves have become chiselled incisions running around the monument, forms as mysterious as the hieroglyphs on Egyptian tombs.”
Whiteread’s gallery
The Independent, “Rachel Whiteread, ‘I’ve done the same thing over and over’”
BBC Interview with Whiteread
Film on the making of House
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Untitled (House), Rachel Whiteread, 1993

Tools of the Trade

Stylist Despina Curtis collaborated photographer Leandro Farina on a photographic story about tools.  Shot with dramatic lighting and on black and white film, the two drew inspiration from the constructivist and Bauhaus movements.  Bauhaus philosophy revolutionised how artists were trained, emphasising an education of pure arts as well as craftsmanship.   They believed that design did not just reflect society, but could actually improve society.

PORT Magazine

Bauhaus houses