The Capital of Accumulation

The Capital of Accumulation

Raqs Media CollectiveArt project of the Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi

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Raqs Media Collective – The Capital of Accumulation: As part of The Promised City, the artists, documentary filmmakers, networkers and urban specialists produced a video installation with sounds, texts and archive material on site in Warsaw, Berlin and Mumbai. Following a narrative structure about Rosa Luxemburg and her work The Accumulation of Capital, Raqs develops a combined economic, political, social and urban story that could have happened in 20th century Berlin, Mumbai and Warsaw. (Film: Grit Lederer)

Notes for - The Capital of Accumulation

Order reigns in Berlin, Warsaw, Bombay.

A tiger witnesses an assasination at the edge of the zoo.
A local train takes its last passengers home.
A tree grows in a prison yard.
A forest holds the memory of a film locked away in a tower.
A forensic pathologist waits to put a body to rest.
A face lights up the remnant of a once proud wall.

Cities accumulate promises even as they disburse betrayals. Markets dance and wobble, factories glow and darken. Dreams, like light bulbs, lose power and then wait for another surge of voltage.

Bodies are lost and found. The population of prisons and mortuaries rises, in direct proportion to the accumulation of capital. The drowned refuse to die, insisting from across the last century “Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein".

A man almost as old as that same tired century dreams of swinging his arms as he walks. Perhaps it is a little too vigorous for his companion, his aunt: the woman in his dreams is still in her early forties and he is four years old. They are happy. She is strict but laughs often. They are walking on Małachowski Square in Warsaw.

The city has not yet been bombed. Not yet been rebuilt. Not yet had its streets renamed, again.
There are promises glittering on the streets. There will always be promises.

Raqs Media Collective

"The Capital of Accumulation" presents the work of the Raqs Media Collective. It uses video, text and archival material to create a web of speculations that knit together the histories of Warsaw, Berlin and Bombay/Mumbai in the twentieth century.

A production of the Goethe-Institut Warsaw and Mumbai.

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Opening of the exhibition “The Capital of Accumulation” at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
photos: Adam Walicki


Project 88
BMP Building, Ground Floor
N.A. Sawant Marg
Near Colaba Fire Station
Colaba, Mumbai 400 005

Vernissage: 20.10.2010, 6pm
Exhibition: 21.10-20.11.2010

Panel within the scope of the exhibition on 18 November 2010:
with Stefanie Peter, Prasad Shetty, Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, Shuddhabrata Sengupta.
moderated by: Kaushik Bhaumik


Theater Hebbel am Ufer


Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
ul. Pańska 3

Exhibition: 10.07–26.07.2010
Vernissage: 9.07.2010, 7pm

video: 50 min
Discussion after the broadcast with Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddabrata Sengupta
Moderators: Sebastian Lütgert and Sebastian Cichocki

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