Raqs Media Collective
Perhaps (An Investigation Outside the Laws of Thought)

Gymnasium Projects are delighted to announce a new commission by New Delhi-based artists Raqs Media Collective.

Perhaps (An Investigation Outside the Laws of Thought)
Raqs Media Collective
8 July – 8 September 2016

Two arcs rise and fall by the water of the Brayford Pool, facing Lincoln University. Coated by a sheer reflective surface, the two arcs mirror each other, the water and their environs, creating an illusion of a fold in space, a thickening of air. The arcs are also portals. And as portals, they recall George Boole’s ‘logic gates’ – conceptual sites of entry and exit for answers to questions that can end in either a yes or a no answer – which he first spelt out in his ‘Investigation into the Laws of Thought’.  Today, logic gates, are the building blocs of computer programming.

These two arcs stand close, one nested into the other such that It would be possible to enter one, and then the other, and then exit through the first again, without changing one’s direction. One could think of this as a way of entering a NO gate, by passing through a YES gate, and then exiting through the YES gate again. In this way, maybe we make room for a PERHAPS.

Would this entail an investigation, into, and then outside, the laws of thought? Perhaps.

Lincoln was George Boole’s birthplace. He must have walked by Brayford Pool, asking questions that needed answers in yes, no, and perhaps, perhaps. This work remembers those moments outside the boundaries of yes and no, just outside the limits placed by the laws of thought.

About Raqs Media Collective:

Raqs Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta who are based in New Delhi, India.
Raqs make contemporary art, have made films, curated exhibitions, edited books, staged events, collaborated with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors and have founded processes that have left deep impacts on contemporary culture in India.
The term ‘Raqs’ refers to the Persian/Arab/Urdu word used to define a state of meditation. They have had recent major exhibitions in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, St Louis and Boston, took part in the Venice Biennale in 2015 and have been appointed the chief curators for the forthcoming Shanghai Biennale.

Map to sculpture

Banks of Brayford Pool, by pedestrian walkway from Brayford Wharf East to Main University Building. Google Map

More about Raqs:
Guardian Online
Art Radar

Text by curator Jeanine Griffin