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HOW TO BE A COLLECTIVE IN THE AGE OF THE CONSUMER SOVEREIGN: THE ART OF RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE

AT THE CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF DEVELOPING SOCIETIES, an independent research institution located in a leafy neighborhood in North Delhi, a clock with a curious face hangs on the wall of the library, portending an uncertain future as it presides over the reading room. Its numbers have been switched out for a list of emotions oscillating among the disquieting, the banal, and the revelatory: ANXIETY, DUTY, GUILT, INDIFFERENCE, AWE, FATIGUE, NOSTALGIA, ECSTASY, FEAR, PANIC, REMORSE, EPIPHANY, reads the litany.

Established in 1963, the center supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiatives, many on progressive social movements. Studies there have sought to question “any one conception of modernity and received models of development and progress” while addressing, more specifically, the “creative use of local traditions in the making of multiple and alternative modernities.” To

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