BERLIN.- Nature Morte
announces the inauguration of their new gallery space on Rosa Luxemburg Platz with a solo exhibition by the Raqs Media Collective.
For their first solo show at Nature Morte Berlin, Raqs Media Collective is showing their ongoing project The Euphoria Machine. Comprised of two demonstration tables, various drawings, prints and monitors, the large installation takes the form of a laboratory, which works as a diagram for a conceptual engine of the desire that fuels capitalism. The artists put forward the hypothesis that its the human desire for joy, beauty, satisfaction and love, which fuels economic growth and perpetuates our continuously growing culture of consumption. The point of departure for this project is the existence of the machine and to examine the evidence of it around us, in plans, projections, advertisements, policy statements, blueprints, balance sheets and reports.
The current global financial crisis has emerged through acquiring and transacting things that are notional rather than real. We have been told that the calculus of prosperity depends upon the acquisition and transaction of virtual assets, but not, that these assets are in fact tied to very real costs. The title of the show, Reverse Engineering refers to the inversion of the financial apparatus at work during the economic crisis, which at current is fuelled by fear and sentiment rather than by euphoria. Currently, the exhaust of the euphoria machine only produces despair.
Founded in Delhi in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, the Raqs Media Collective operate in various fields of cultural production, ranging from realizing installations, films and sculptures, organizing lectures and curatorial programs, to forming the Delhi based Sarai Media Lab in 2001.
They have participated in major exhibitions such as "Documenta 11" Kassel, 2002), "Taipei Biennale" (2004), and "iCon: India Contemporary" (The 51st Venice Biennale, 2005). Solo Exhibitions include The Surface of Each Day is a Different Planet, Lightbox, Tate Britain, 2009, Escapement, Frith Street Gallery, London, 2009, There Has Been a Change of Plan, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, 2006 and curatorial projects include co-curating Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art" (Trento-South Tyrol, Italy, 2008 and Steps Away from Oblivion, "Indian Highway", Serpentine Gallery, London, 2008.