Raqs Media Collective: Twilight Language

30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018

In their first major UK exhibition, Raqs Media Collective unravel worlds, make questions, haunt memorials, and follow the tangled threads of how histories and ways of thinking about emancipation intersect. Through new and existing work, ‘Twilight Language’ signals a lighthouse semaphore for all that is lost and found between errant longitudes, infected histories and contagious futures. Touched by the eddies of time in Manchester, new works include a lighthouse that signals the semaphore of twilight language, video portraits of guardians of the city’s history, and the fluttering of the soot-sprinkled Peppered Moth through 3D printed geologic time. The exhibition will give viewers an exceptional opportunity to experience Raqs Media Collective’s ideas, insights and art.

Founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs are artists, curators, researchers, editors and philosophical agents provocateurs. The Collective’s work addresses connectedness, temporality and plenitude, and places them at the intersection of art, historical enquiry and philosophical speculation. Raqs Media Collective has exhibited internationally to much acclaim, most recently with Thicket for Tate Exchange and as Chief Curators for the 11th Shanghai Biennale (both 2016).


Further information:
  • Opening hours: daily 10.00 am-5.00 pm  (until 9pm on Thursday)
  • Location: The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
  • Getting there: By foot: 20-30 minures from Manchester city centre; By Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery; By Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147 – ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road; By Metrolink: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot); By Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street
  • Admission is free