What can pupils learn while they dilate at night? Raqs Media Collective fills three Night School sessions with darkness, scrawls, and gray matter. The first evening (January 15, 7 p.m.), “An Illegible Signature,” will feature a Raqs lecture–performance on the questions of legibility, stammering, and shadows. The second session (January 16, 7 p.m.), “The Watches of the Night,” will feature Raqs weaving considerations on time, immeasurability, and darkness into a presentation with film fragments, nightmares, lucid dreams, recordings, and textual marginalia, accompanied by K. D Vyas and his correspondence. The third session (January 17, 3 p.m.), “The Darkness of Gray Matter,” will feature a conversation on darkness and gray matter, neural conundrums, forensic dilemmas, and the wiring of the imagination between Raqs, and Dr. Arani Bose, a neurosurgeon, and Dr. Steven Pacia, a neurologist.
Night School is an artist’s project by Anton Vidokle in the form of a temporary school. A yearlong program of monthly seminars and workshops, Night School draws upon a group of local and international artists, writers, and theorists to conceptualize and conduct the program. This month’s seminar is conceived by Raqs Media Collective.