Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition 'Being Singular Plural' at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York from March to June 2012. It is part of the Deutsche Bank Series at Guggenheim.

'"Being Singular Plural" offers visitors the unique opportunity to encounter recent and new film, video, and sound-based works by seven of the most innovative and visionary contemporary artists, filmmakers, and media practitioners living and working in India today: Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Sonal Jain, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, Mriganka Madhukaillya,and Kabir Mohanty. The works included in this presentation reveal the quiet principles of practice, process, and perception, while being grounded in a vital social consciousness. This timely and discourse-defining exhibition is oriented toward coproducing new work, facilitating research, and assembling a community of practitioners...Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s notion of “being singular plural” provides the exhibition’s structural framework. Recognising the interconnectedness of all beings, the selected films, videos, and interactive sound installations invite visitors to reassess conventional boundaries between such categories as fiction and non-fiction, art and cinema, the still and moving image, documentation and poetry, and objectivity and subjectivity. By manipulating sound, image, and text in experimental ways, these practitioners shift viewers’ positions from passive spectatorship to active participation—to places where the “we” of “being together” is in the immediate here and now.' - excerpted from the curator's statement in the museum's website

Includes artist biographies.

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No Ordinary Darkness

- Sandhini PODDAR

Before Us, Between Us: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Plural Origin of Art


Cinema, Scattered

- Erika BALSOM

Genealogies for Our Skins: Notes on Bare Minima

- Kaushik BHAUMIK

Being Singular Plural
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