Delhi Event

What Time Is It? Technologies of life in the contemporary

Delhi, 14-16 December 2017

Have we finally entered the End of the End of History (E-flux, 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. New technologies are being retailed, even researched in India and China by media corporations; Africa is one of the global pioneers in mobile money. Surveillance and biometric technologies loom large in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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, part of an international network to research and engage the contemporary, 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.

Programme

Download programme (pdf)

Day One: 14th DecemberDay Two: 15th DecemberDay Three: 16th December

14th December, Thursday, 2017
@ Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi

Landscapes of the Digital

11:00 AM:  Tea

11:30 AM:

Introduction
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

2:00 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

15th December, Friday, 2017
@ 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

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

16th December, Saturday, 2017
@ 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