"For the apparent realism of SF (science fiction) has concealed another, far more complex temporal structure: not to give us "images" of the future - but rather to de-familiarize and restructure our experience of our own present.." – Fredric Jameson
“Like archaeologists of the future, we must piece together what will have been thought.” – Timothy Morton
Project 88 is pleased to present Rohini Devasher’s fourth solo exhibition, Archaeologies of the Future - Chaos and Coincidence.
The title of the show draws inspiration from the seminal text by Fredric Jameson, which examines the functions of utopian thinking by exploring the relationship between utopia and science fiction. Devasher takes Jameson's title and uses it instead to cast herself as an archaeologist of new fictions and futures.
Devasher's Archaeologies of the Future is a series of experiments and observations, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalizing, and imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between remote past and possible future, utopia and dystopia, the human and non-human.
Comprising video, photographs and drawing, the work is a collection of new terrains, where skies, nomadic observation sites, telescopes and cyanometers, mix familiarity with strangeness, suggesting a new way of imagining the interconnectedness of things. Their only unifying characteristic - the uncanny and the remote.
Devasher’s work has been shown at the Dhaka Art Summit 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2014), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2012), The Wanås Foundation, Sweden, Courtauld Institute of Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, in Warsaw, among others. She has been an artist in residence at KHOJ, New Delhi (2015, 2007), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (2014), Glasgow Print Studio (2014), Metal Culture, UK (2013), and The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2012). Forthcoming projects in 2016 include showing at the Singapore Art and Science Museum, ZKM (Karsruhe), The Spencer Museum of Art (Kansas), and participation in the Anthropocene Campus - the Technosphere Issue at the HKW, Berlin. Devasher was the recipient of the Forbes India Young Contemporary Artist of the Year (2014), Skoda Breakthrough Artist Award (2013) and the Sarai Associate Fellowship (2010). The artist lives and works in Noida, India.
Exhibition venue: Vis-a-vis Experience Centre, New Delhi, India