What Time Is It? | 14-16 December 2017


What Time Is It?

Technologies of Life in the Contemporary

14th, 15th and 16th December, 2017
Sarai-CSDS, Delhi and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

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Have we finally entered the End of the End of History? (E-flux, Journal #57 – Sept 2014). Recent media technological transformations have thrown into confusion many existing political and social theories; art, media philosophy, politics, biology; in fact all ideas of life presented in the last century. Are these the jumbled signs of ‘our’ contemporaneity? The idea of the contemporary has been around for a few decades, seen variously as a period, a critical gesture, and a disciplinary frame for literature and art. We believe the time is right to revisit the idea of the contemporary from a different lens, outside the closeted frameworks of a Euro-American debate where contemporaneity appears as a unstable successor to modernity and postmodernity.

In the past decade we have seen the worldwide spread of media and information networks. Since value is now gained from experience, new corporations and political parties deploy strategies of agglomeration using digital media technologies. Growing computational grids inaugurate storage and surveillance technologies that are affecting fields like the environment, finance and law. Machine time disturbs historical continuity and sequence. Genetic engineering and life storage technologies disrupt the idea of the biological life span; media memory and recording technologies have already transformed the lives of mobile phone users in the world. Media-enabled populations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are now part of a new infrastructure of the senses.

Since 2000 digital infrastructures have produced a new generation of art and media practitioners. Like the West, capitalist enterprises in Asia, Africa and Latin America are facing new challenges and opportunities with informational networks. Like everywhere, such transformations have set in motion a sense of indetermination and flux, providing opportunities, shadow zones and critical discourses.

This conference seeks to explore experience from the vantage point of these media-informational transformations. We will be debating art practice, cultural theory, media aesthetics, social theory, forensics, urbanism, and the landscape of the political. Time horizons and its philosophies are a major concern of the conference, as we seek to displace the idea of the contemporary as (just) a ‘present’ without limits.

Conference Convenors: Ravi Sundaram, Ravi Vasudevan (Sarai-CSDS) + Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta)

Sarai-CSDS is a part of the Leverhulme International Network for Contemporary Studies (LINCS). This conference is supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.

 

PROGRAMME

Day One, 14th December, Thursday

@ Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi

Landscapes of the Digital

11:00 AM Tea

11:30 AM

Introduction I

Ravi Sundaram with Leverhulme Network Partners

Introduction II

Conference Conveners

12:00 Noon

The “Smart” Mandate: Infrastructure, Responsive Environments, and “Preemptive Hope”

Orit Halpern, Concordia University, Montreal

Interlocutor: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi

1:00 PM Lunch

02:00 PM

Video and Post-Cinema

Mochu, Artist, Chennai

Pallavi Paul, Artist, Delhi

Lantian Xie, Artist, Dubai

Interlocutor: Monica Narula, Raqs Media Collective, Delhi

3:30 PM Tea

4:00 PM

The Missing Pistol: Notes on Impossible Museological Objects in Palestine

Lara Khaldi, Curator, Jerusalem

Interlocutor: Santhosh Sadanandan, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University

5:00 PM

AI is Full of Love: Human-Machine Libidinal Transference & the Automation of Love

Mohammad Salemy, The New Centre for Research & Practice, New York

Interlocutor: Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective, Delhi

6:00 PM Tea

6:30 PM Screening

Liquid Traces: The Left-to-Die Boat Case, 17 min, 2014

Directed by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani

Day Two, 15th December, Friday

@ Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

Unstable Archives 

10:00 AM Tea

10:30 AM

Welcome

Leonhard Emmerling, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

Introduction

Conference Conveners

11:00 AM

Technics and Forensics

Susan Schuppli, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London

Lorenzo Pezzani, Goldsmiths, University of London

Interlocutor: Ravi Vasudevan, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi

12:30 PM

After ‘Jukti, Takko ar Gappo’: Across the Burning Track

Moinak Biswas, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University

Interlocutor: Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

1:30 PM Lunch

[contd…]

Day Two [contd.], 15th December, Friday

@ Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

2:30 PM Performance

Speech Acts for Two Screenings

Lantian Xie, Artist, Dubai

Interruption, Raqs Media Collective, Delhi

3:30 PM Tea

4:00 PM

The Archive Object

Michelle Wong, Researcher and Curator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong

Venkat Srinivasan, Archivist and Scientist, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

Sabih Ahmed, Archivist and Curator, Delhi

Interlocutor: Jeebesh Bagchi, Raqs Media Collective, Delhi

5:30 PM

Five Gardens

Introduction to the pavilion by Samir Raut, Architect, Mumbai

Interlocutor: Rupali Gupte, School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai

Sound Work in the pavilion by Ish S and DiFfuSed Beats

 6:30 PM Public Lecture

Medium Design

Keller Easterling, School of Architecture, Yale University

 

Day Three, 16th December, Saturday

@ Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

Aesthetics and Politics

10:15 AM Tea

10:45 AM

Introduction

Conference Conveners

11:00 AM

Spectre of the Political

Ravi Vasudevan, Sarai-CSDS, Delhi

Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Santhosh Sadanandan, School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University

Interlocutor: Shohini Ghosh, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia

1:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Money, Media, Space

Aarti Sethi, Watson Institute, Brown University

Prasad Shetty, School of Environment and Architecture, Mumbai

Liu Tian, Curator, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

Interlocutor: Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore

4:00 PM Tea

4:30 PM

Cinema as a Migratory Form

May Adadol Ingawanij, University of Westminster, London

Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Interlocutor: Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Closing Note: Conference Conveners

6:30 PM Two Screen, Two Speaker Performance

The Return of Tipoo’s Tiger

Raqs Media Collective, Delhi

7:00 PM Tea

7:30 – 9:00 PM A Listening Experience

Time Horizons and Sonic Worlds

Berno Odo Polzer, Berliner Festspiele-MaerzMusik (Festival for Time Issues), Berlin

Introduced by Leonhard Emmerling, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

PDF version of the conference programme is available on this LINK.

Sarai is a programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi.  Sarai was initiated by Ravi Sundaram, Ravi Vasudevan, Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta in 2000.

Raqs Media Collective is a contemporary arts and curatorial practice based in Delhi.

The Leverhulme International Network for Contemporary Studies (LINCS) includes the University of Quebec at Montreal, Glasgow School of Art, University of Paris 8, Sarai-CSDS and University of St Andrews.

Public Transport Metro Stops:
Sarai-CSDS: Civil Lines
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan: Barakhamba Road

For queries, write to us at: contemporaryconference2017@gmail.com

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