The Assurance Clock is a limited edition table-timepiece by the Raqs Media Collective; an echo of their well known ‘word clocks’. Raqs view this object as an embodiment of assurance, the opposite of alarm. This is an attitude they would like to see cultivated as an antidote to the epidemic of caution and false-alarms that characterizes our time. The Assurance Clock offers a chance to mark two kinds of fluid time, ‘Yesternow’ and ‘Presentomorrow’ , and weave them into our calendars and schedules. Raqs believe that this will help us rid ourselves of the paranoid separation between the past, present and the future that inhibits us from embracing a more fulsome encounter with time. Needless to say, you cannot set an alarm on the Assurance Clock.
Based in New Delhi, where it was founded in 1992, Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been highly visible on the international art scene for the last decade. They enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. They create art, curate exhibitions, edit books, stage events, collaborate with architects, computer programmers, writers and theatre directors, and discover processes that have made deep impact on contemporary culture in India.