The idea of Sarai, however, goes back to the summer of '98... As they say, it was "a time for many new beginnings in the city of Delhi." And what a beginning!
The Sarai Initiative embraces interests that include cinema history, urban cultures and politics, new media theory, computers, the Internet and software cultures, documentary filmmaking, digital arts and critical cultural practice.
Founded on the basis of a collaborative vision - that of Ravi Vasudevan & Ravi Sundaram (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies) and the Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula & Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Sarai has been bringing out an amazing variety of creative material in various forms.
Their Readers- annual compilations of articles on a theme- are superb, both in content as well as in production, and explore cutting edge topics. Like this year's. FEAR examines the premise Modernity’s great promise – the freedom from fear - now lies in ruins. One can argue that this vision was always compromised.
On 12th February, 2010 at their premises in the CSDS on Rajpur Road, they celebrate their 10 years, with a release of Sarai 08 in an afternoon long program of talks, discussion and more.
They will also discuss Tinker. Solder. Tap, a graphic novel, Trickster City (published by Penguin), and the Hindi translation of Wolfgang Schivelbusch's Disenchanted Night).
On T.S.T We live in a tumultuous media environment. There is widespread confusion, uncertainty and awe at the inventiveness of the thousands of people in media networks who innovate, copy, tinker, recycle, produce, remix and relay. The protagonists of Tinker.Solder.Tap bring alive the ways in which the relationship between life and the media has been re-scripted in the various neighbourhoods of our cities. The story begins in the mid-80s, when a man returns home with an object called a VCR. The chain of effects that follows transforms irreversibly the social life of the neighbourhood and its reverberations can be felt all over the world.
One other new offering from the Sarai Media Labs is t0, the first sonic compilation to be released under the Sound Reasons banner and is produced at the Sarai Media Lab. Sound Reasons to has been put together to linearly construct 'sonic spaces' we inhabit, and the moods these sounds subject us to. The omnipresent nature of sound involves us in a continuous engagement with the objective world; 'in music' we connect to the subjective self and the sonic universe that surrounds us. It is via these two perceptions that these tracks have been woven together, using field recordings and musical composition, where one suggests and leads the other.
t0 is a highly experimental album featuring various artists from all over the world like SoundSkill, monoton, diF, Audio Pervert, da-Saz, DJ Spooky, edGeCut and more.