Does one time fit all? Can time be equally sliced? Can we trade time? Can we make ourselves understood when we talk to each other in different dialects of time? Do we all have covert and secret clocks that have their alarms go off at odd moments? Does the value of time stay the same when looked at in the light of life and the shadow of death? These questions, some straightforward, some less than obvious, some whimsical, some fantastical - acquire a sharpness and tang in today's world, where, in the aftermath of economic catastrophes, we are all groping for other ways of measuring the worth of the world and our time in it. In their contribution to Time/Bank Raqs provide no easy answers, but lay out the questions we must encounter in the course of any attempt to open an account in the bank of time.
Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been variously described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors, and catalysts of cultural processes. Their work, which has been exhibited widely in major international spaces and events, locates them squarely along the intersections of contemporary art, historical inquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory - often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters. They live and work in Delhi, based at Sarai-CSDS, an initiative they co-founded in 2000. They have curated "The Rest of Now" and co-curated "Scenarios" for Manifesta 7.