Fri 18 Oct 19:00
Pratyush Raman, Noor us Sabah Saeed
Friday, 18 October, 7 pm
19 October – 27 October
Friday 5–8 pm, Saturday 2–5 pm and Sunday 12–5 pm
and on appointment
Sunday, 27 October, 3 pm
Uqbar – Gesellschaft für Repräsantationsforschung e.V.
Schwedenstraße 16, 13357 Berlin-Wedding
The exhibition ‘A Vital Piece of Information – Fragments of a Greater Context’ brings together two contemporary artistic positions from India and Pakistan, intersecting in their inquiry on information, technology, humans and time. Their specific topics of interest, methods, and perspectives are fundamentally different, yet they are united in their wish to reveal a hidden truth that is constituting our present.
Noor us Sabah Saeed from Pakistan takes us to Indus river, where she is looking into its current threats from climate change. Additionally, she investigates archaeological technologies to find out reasons for the disappearance of Sarasvati river and Harappan Civilization, in an effort to speculate further and retell the story of Indus differently. By investigating relations between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human consumption patterns related to YouTube, Indian artist Pratyush Raman plays with the narrative of users engaging in consumption and becoming a part of the production, aiming to raise awareness and to reflect on it. As a relevant fragment in itself, both artistic positions refer to the greater and more complex context that constructs our past, present and future.
Curated by artist-curator Thomas Heidtmann and Lacuna Lab.
Pratyush is a practising artist from Bangalore, where his work revolves around education, technology and playfulness of mathematics. He teaches creative coding and new media at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. His enquiries deal with consciousness, conditioning and fiction in the contemporary paradigm of civilisation. In Serendipity Arts Festival, his installation work, Breathe Pong reconstructed Pong, one of the earliest arcade games, as an interactive reflection of breathing. He uses code, music and painting as his media of expression.
Noor us Sabah (lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan) is a current resident artist for two months (Sep-Oct 2019) at Lacuna Lab, Berlin. Recently, she participated in two residencies: Kreative Pause Artist Residency in Karlsruhe, Germany and Murrree Museum Residency in Murrree, Pakistan. She is also a recipient of Lahore Biennale Foundation’s Research Grant 2018/19 and ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Künstlerkontakte grant 2019 for her project ‘How Much Time Does It Take for Fossils to Convert into Fuels?’. She has an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus-University Weimar and a BFA from Visual Studies Department, University of Karachi.
Lacuna Lab, Goethe-Institut Bangalore / Max Mueller Bhavan, Srishti Institute for Art, Design and Technology, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Lahore Biennial Foundation (LBF)