Desire Machine Collective is a Guwahati based collective, founded by Mriganka Madhukaillya and Sonal Jain. As a collective they have tirelessly forged artistic networks and spaces, and have presented their work in a number of exhibitions including, Being Singular Plural, Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York (2012), Intense Proximity, 3rd edition of the La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012), Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, India Pavilion, Venice (2011); Indian Highway IV, MAC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2011); Between Utopia and Dystopia, Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico (2011); Machines, Oi Futuro media center, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2011) among others.
With Noise Life, Desire Machine Collective will present their first solo in Mumbai, the work is a multi channel video installation with sound objects. It is installed at Project 88 with its multiple elements as a unitary work. The objective of ‘’Noise life” is to sketch out a history of the different ways in which we develop knowledge about ourselves: economics, biology, psychiatry, medicine and penology. It seeks to analyze these so-called sciences as very specific “truth games” related to specific techniques that we use to understand ourselves.
Apart from Project 88, Desire Machine Collective will also extend the exhibition to Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai. The space will act as a buffer zone between the exhibition at Project 88 and the panel discussion scheduled for 28th August at MMB. The exhibition will primarily comprise of still photographs. These images were shot during the making of noise life and extend the idea of schizoanalysis. Some of the images have been primarily shot in super 8mm. The panel discussion on 28th August will comprise of an interlocutory introduction to the work displayed, by Dr. Kaushik Bhaumik (Asst. Prof JNU). The other speakers are Kamal Swaroop (Fimmaker) and Sandhini Poddar (Associate Curator, Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum).