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Biography

Alexis Bhagat is a writer and cultural producer based in Albany, NY.

Alexis Bhagat works as the executive director of the Friends & Foundation of Albany Public Library and is a member of St. Rocco's Poetry Collective.
He is currently a student of Information Science at the University at Albany.

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Current, Recent & Ongoing Projects (in Art & Life)

CONSPIRACIES is a text about breathing together which will be read under the earth in Rosendale, NY on September 12, 2021. (An early draft was read at St. Rocco’s Readings, June 19 2021.)

ST. ROCCO’S BROADCAST FOR THE DISPOSSESSED is a weekly radio program on WCAA 107.3 and available from Pacifica Audioport. The broadcast is drawn primarily from the St. Rocco’s Reading Series archives, produced by Alexis Bhagat and friends. Thursdays at 2am, Sundays at 11am. (Visit St. Rocco’s Blog for ongoing and upcoming calls and themes.)

THE CENTER FOR ENCHANTMENT acts as a catalyst for art making activities at the intersection of song/sound, rhythm, and geography/place. (For example, but not limited to, processions, walks, conversations, rituals, sited musical installations.) The center also presents educational activities that support the production and reception of commissioned artworks and activities, such as artist talks, film presentations, and reading groups. The Center for Enchantment is located on Grand Street, in Albany NY, and seeks to create offerings and collaborations that animate the communities (past and present, human and non-human) of this place. In collaboration with Stephanie Loveless and friends.

LITERARY LEGENDS is the annual gala to benefit the Albany Public Library. I do my best to turn it into 9 months of celebration of each year’s honored writers.

AUDIOMAIL is a collaborative project of Alexis Bhagat and Christophe Albertijn that invites a variety of informal audio archives to contribute to the Fahrenheit 451 House Library in Catskill, NY.

SOME TAPES IN THE WORDSHIP [PDF] is a survey of Richard Kostelanetz’s “Audio Art Archive” - a collection of cassette tapes indexed in 1994. The Audio Art Archive was the subject of “Audiomail #1” - the first of several proposed iterative exhibitions at Fahrenheit 451 House based on the Audiomail project.

Alexis Bhagat will/has mail/ed an invitation to every living composer/poet/producer included in Richard Kostelanetz’s “Audio Art Archive”, inviting them to send a disc to Fahrenheit 451 House Library. The Audiomail project was interrupted by pandemic. Stay tuned for a conclusion announcement, and in the meantime, keep sending in your discs! Want a mailer? Send me a note with your home address. Anywhere on Earth!

"IN THE SHADOW OF THE STATE" (SOS) is an Albany, NY based collective that was working on organizing a non-academic anarchist scholarly conference in and around the Albany Free School. Suspended due to pandemic and picking up the pieces.

POLITICS AND OTHER WORDS is a neverending memoir wherein I remember the meaning of the word “politics” at different points in my life, beginning around age five, and pursuing various tangents that come up.



Past Projects

((audience)) founded in 2009 by Alexis Bhagat and Lauren Rosati is dedicated to the advancement of aural arts by providing wide distribution and new contexts for works by emerging and established sound artists and composers. Cinema for the Ear. Pop-ups. Salons & Listening Lounges. Sleeping since 2016, but if you invite us, we will consider it. And if you have a movie theater, we will probably say yes.

An Atlas of Radical Cartography (2007-2012) was book project conceived and co-edited with artist Lize Mogel, that spun off into an art exhibition that travelled to over 20 cities. In addition to hanging the show for the first two years and at most non-museum locations, I organized intergenerational dialogues on the past and future of maps and the meaning of pictures of the earth in the digital age.

XFR STN (2013) was a “pop-up moving image archive project” conceived by artist Alan Moore, and produced by the New Museum in New York. I organized the Thursday Night public programs.

Projects from 1997 – 2009 may be found at alexis.nadalex.net.



UPDATED: August 30, 2021