Pratyush Pushkar & Riya Raagini a.k.a. Bariya is a queer transdisciplinary artist and writer duo from New Delhi, India. Their practice seeds itself as poetry in meditation, synthesizing and reconciling through the digital tactility, affinity and politics of sounds, images, philosophy, and language, aiming to examine and host alternative forms of cognition, spirituality and resolve, in a background of decolonial service, non-cooperation and care.
Their work is inspired by the spheres of radio, queer philosophy, deep (polyphonic) listening, Hindi, temporality, and non-violence. These spheres yearn to find cotton and grounding (unhesitant of a post-humanism) in identical quivers of everydayness.
Collaborative-listening, reconciling, synthesizing, and speculating is a large part of their process, extending towards multimedia translations, archival picking, poetical-ecological speculation and sonic reconciliatory rituals. They are often found in-between threads of radical restfulness, storytelling, overtone singing, learning quantum yearnings of body, disorientation and play- journaling ‘अकर्मण्य ब्लूज़’.
Their work has recently been exhibited, broadcasted, and published at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany (2022), Thyssen Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid (2021), Prospect Art, Los Angeles (2022), Andalusian Centre for Contemporary Creation, Spain (2023), Audioblast Festival, France (2023), City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2021), Acoustic Commons - As If Radio (2021), The European Capital of Culture #ESCH22, Radio Tsonami, Tsonami Arte Sonoro, Chile (2021), Radhiophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2022), Future Nostalgia FM - Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany (2022), Sadaneera (2020), Wrong Biennale (2021-22), Festival Sur Aural, Bolivia (2021) and Festival Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (2023) among others.
They are currently part of the 2023 Homebound Residency: Digital Communities at 421 Arts Centre, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi.