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Artists’ Film International is a collaborative project featuring film, video, and animation from around the world. During 2020, works responding to the theme of language unfold across all 20 partner organisations. As our venues’ doors may be shut, we are continuing to share exciting international work online for a limited period.

Raqs Media Collective, Passwords for Time Travel, 2017, Video, 10:01 mins. Selected by Project 88, Mumbai


Passwords for Time Travel (2017) by New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective is made up of a sequence of video clips with superimposed texts that propose a set of new terms, co-joining science and spirituality, and which anticipate a futuristic language. Familiar yet unknown word hybrids like ‘Clusterrestial’, ‘Abracadastral’, and ‘Dronosapien’ combine the enigma of a spell with the precision of a dictionary entry. They scroll over images of landscapes, cityscapes, and lo-fi digital footage which elaborate upon the multiple meanings of the texts in an imagined glossary for future use.

Raqs Media Collective, Passwords for Time Travel (still), 2017, Video, 10:01 mins. Selected by Project 88, Mumbai

Raqs Media Collective was founded in Delhi in 1992 by Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and Jeebesh Bagchi. The collective works in new media & digital art practice, documentary filmmaking, photography, media theory & research, writing, criticism, and curation. Raqs has exhibited widely, including at Documenta, the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo Biennales. Recent solo exhibitions (and projects) include – Pamphilos at Fast Forward Festival 6, Athens (2019); Still More World at Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2019); Twilight Language at Manchester Art Gallery (2017-2018); Everything Else is Ordinary at K21 Museum for 21st Century Art, Dusseldorf (2018); If It’s Possible, It’s Possible, MUAC, Mexico City (2015) and Untimely Calendar at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi (2014-2015). They are the artistic directors of the forthcoming Yokohama Triennale (2020).

Project 88 was established in 2006, in Mumbai. The gallery supports artists in long-term relationships to facilitate understanding and awareness of their continually evolving practices in India and in international venues. They work with established artists and with a generation of emerging artists within India who are making innovative, experimental, and ambitious works in all media and modes within a conceptual framework.

Raqs Media Collective, Passwords for Time Travel (still), 2017, Video, 10:01 mins. Selected by Project 88, Mumbai

Artists’ Film International (AFI) is a partnership of 20 international organisations that celebrates moving image. Partners are: Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USA; Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania; Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul, Afghanistan; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland; Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey; Friends of Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; KWM artcentre, Beijing, China; Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation, Amman, Jordan; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland; Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, German; Para Site, Hong Kong; Project 88, Mumbai, India; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK