Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


'Sediments and Arrhythmias: race, sense and sensation' Seminar: Raju Rage

25 January 2017, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Sediments and Arrhythmias: race, sense, sensation Seminar Series

Body & the Un/Archive: Exploring location and the act of un/archiving on the contemporary racialised body

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

Raju Rage performs and presents responses to explore the embodiment of the un/archive in and beyond the gallery or institution.

About Raju Rage

Raju Rage's work interrogates the ways in which history and memory, in/visibility and the affect of politics, space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes impact the body, with a focus on race, class and gender.

They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion and disturbance. They primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of assemblage and embodiment.

They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective and continues to be a creative educator, working for over a decade in creative education with an interest in radical pedagogy.

This seminar is the third in the "Sediments and Arrhythmias" series taking place at the Institute of Advanced Studies in 2016/2017. If you require more information please contact Dhanveer Brar / Junior Research Fellow / IAS (d.brar@ucl.ac.uk)

Within the current conjuncture of global capitalism, how are "blackness", "brownness" and racial otherness more broadly, produced, disseminated and received across sonic, visual and textual media? How has "race" as a system of analysis been reconfigured to adequately provide a grammar for these changes? In what ways are modalities of racial otherness understood as experiential categories, cultural aesthetics, intellectual practices or sites of politics in the early twenty-first century?

The "Sediments and Arrhythmias: race, sense, sensation" seminar series at the Institute of Advanced Studies will address questions of racial difference, aesthetic mediation, haptical experience and critical reflection as they shape the spheres of intellectual, cultural and artistic production by Black and Non-black people of colour in the Global North. Using the epistemologically unstable yet highly productive intersections of optics, text, sound, thought, gesture and more, the aim of "Sediments and Arrhythmias" is to speculate on the ontologies of racial otherness as they animate and disrupt many of the affective, fleshy, social and political experiences of the world. The seminar series will be built around presentations and conversations with thinkers and artists who share a common interest in mapping out the sensory valences of racial capitalism in its current form.

Future Dates: 1 March / 22 March / 26 April* / 24 May / 28 June (all dates listed fall on Wednesdays)

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Location: Institute of Advanced Studies Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, except those marked with an asterisk (*), which will take place in Seminar Room 11, First Floor, South Wing

Full list of speakers to be confirmed shortly

Image: Sondra Perry, "Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One" (2015)