May25. | 13:11
#assembly of desire
#assembly of desire, lecture by Mriganka Madhukallya | Avtonomi Akadimia
Wednesday 25 May| 17:00 – 18:00 | Bageion, 18 Omonoia Square
How can one create a resistance to the assimilation and expendability that is a prerequisite of globalization?
In what terms, in relation to the movement of bodies, can we consider the shift from understanding play as a realization of human potential and expression of human freedom, towards a system prioritizing labor and alienation?
Periferry is a project initiated by Desire Machine Collective in the year 2007. It is a trans-local initiative which looks at a critical uses of technology, collaborative experiments with local communities in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.
It works as a laboratory for people engaged in cross disciplinary practice. The project focuses on the creation of a network space for negotiating the challenge of contemporary cultural production. It is located on a ferry on the river Brahmaputra.
Assembly of desire is a proposed project which deals with reassembling the notion of collective.
Mriganka Madhukaillya is an artist and filmmaker, member of Desire Machine Collective, professor of film and new media at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Since 2004, Mriganka Madhukaillya collaborates with Sonal Jain as Desire Machine Collective which employs film, video, photography, space and multimedia installation.
Assuming their name and theoretical disposition from Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, a seminal text from 1972 by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Desire Machine Collective seeks to disrupt the neurotic symptoms that arise from constricting capitalist structures with healthier, schizophrenic cultural flows of desire and information. As the French philosopher Michel Foucault put it in his preface to the text, »Anti-Oedipus is an Introduction to a Non-Fascist Life«. Drawing on the ideas in this work, Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya confront the many forms of fascism that lead to violence and injustice through their practice, both regionally in Guwahati and around the world. Their works have been showcased at some of the major international festivals and renowned museums. They were a part of the inaugural Indian Pavilion at the 54th International Art exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy and were nominated for the LUMA award along with experimental cinema legends Jonas Mekas and Kenneth Anger.