Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
In directing and curating Yokohama Triennale 2020, the RaqsMedia Collective made a request to start with the sources. Theyclaimed that while titles and themes propel us to narrow down andmold our thoughts within a set of fixed parameters, the sourcesencourage us to do the exact opposite: open up and share with othersso as to elaborate in their own ways. In short, their curatorial conceptis to start with the sources.
Hence, we herewith present this sourcebook, which is a compilationof words, text, experiences, and visions that Raqs Media Collectivesee as resonating with their thoughts. It is meant to be sharedand reverberated throughout their curatorial journey, while theyconverse with artists and collaborators, among others, “as catalyststhat provoke us to think, to ignite, to learn, and unlearn.
”In “Sharing Our Sources,” an introductory text to the source,Raqs Media Collective makes various references to light andluminosity. As they explain how the radiation that appeared in theanalog televisions in our living room was, in fact, remnants of theBig Bang, they imply how the glow can go far in time and space.They also discuss how luminous organisms glow while they take intoxicity. Light, in this case, provides us a way to live with and carefor things that may threaten us yet could not be wholly excludedfrom our lives. Most importantly, as they describe how “life is aluminous autodidact,” and introduce the lives of humble individualsand historical figures as sources, it is not about their power andknowledge, but about their ways of caring for life and friends thatthey see as worth sharing.
The Sourcebook is a set of open sources shared by Raqs Media Collective. It provides some thoughts to start conversations that wouldeventually become what they call a “thicket,” or a thick and densespace of rich and enchanting ideas, thoughts, and many more.
With this book in their hands, we hope that the readers will embarkon the journey with Raqs Media Collective to find their ownluminous ways to care for life and friends.