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Special Lectures and Workshop by Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Raqs Media Collective)
Shuddhabrata Sengupta, an artist, curator and writer based in New Delhi, India, and one of the co-founders of the Raqs Media Collective visited Tokyo University of the Arts to deliver his open lectures and workshop at the Global Art Practice course from May 29 – June 5.
In his three-day intensive workshop, participating students were invited to find a question which was rarely being asked and think it through. On the first day, students made presentations on their individual questions, which were later broadly discussed by all the participants. On the following day, they were asked to bring some materials such as visual images, sounds, texts, and objects that they thought to represent their questions. Mr Sengupta introduced thoughts and art works that were associated with the materials and also asked another question to the students. On the last day of the workshop, he talked about the methodologies of the Raqs Media Collective which he belonged to with a detailed explanation of the concepts underpinning their works such as time, words, and recognition.
The lectures and workshop offered by Mr Sengupta, who has actively participated in a number of international exhibitions as a collective member, became a great opportunity for the students to be exposed to the ideas and methodologies of the global art practitioner.