Artist’s Talk: Shubigi Rao Presents Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book

29 JANUARY 2019, TUESDAY
12 – 1:30PM
CENDANA RECTOR’S COMMONS
Lunch will be served
Co-hosted by the Arts Spaces Committee and the Library
Please register: http://bit.ly/talkrao

Shubigi Rao works in decade-long stretches on linked ideas, with her books and artwork from 2003 to 2013 being made under her male nom de plume, S. Raoul, as a response to the historical silencing of female and marginal voices. In her talk at Yale-NUS, she will present on her current ten-year project Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book (2014-2024). Comprising film, a five-volume book series, and art works, the project primarily investigates the history of book destruction, censorship, and other forms of repression, as well as the book as resistance. This involves visiting public and private collections, libraries and archives globally, that have served as flashpoints in history, collecting fragments, ephemera, anecdotes, buried secrets, and piecing together (through her film, books, and artworks) a composite of the conjoined literary and violent trajectories of our species. One of the aims of the project is to explore the connective tissue that exists between artists, writers, printers, academics, bibliophiles, shadow library activists, librarians and other cultural custodians, and various defenders and supporters of print, speech, and open access to knowledge.

Based on her research and practice into our species’ strange and sometimes hostile relationship with knowledge, Shubigi will present selections from her past and current work exploring the fraught futures of archival systems, the collusions of histories and lies, and the utopian impossibility of knowledge parity.