Noise life 2 is an installation that projects stills on to video images, where the forensics of colonial anthropology mingles with the forensics of criminal investigations by the state .In this way the audience engages a palimpsest strained through barely recognizable bodily and cosmic images.
The piece, and the entire show that it has been a part of, is a tautology of sorts – life is noise. This noise is held together by a kaleidoscopic knot of pure intensity of sensations that is blind, deaf and pointless. This knot cannot be wished away from experience of life and art, just because we want to run away from the irrational force of chaos.
Noise Life is grosso modo about a certain political history of Assam but is above all what the authors call an auto-ethnography…far deeper and intimately personal than their earlier works.
(The text is excerpted from an essay by Dr. Kaushik Bhaumik, assistant professor at JNU).
About Desire Machine Collective
Collaborating since 2004 as Desire Machine Collective, Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya employ film, video, photography, and multimedia installation in their works. Their experiments with a wide range of media techniques and strategies with the aim of probing narratives and modes of representations, infused with a political character lend them a uniqueness that contributed to their growth as one of the leading artist collaborative in India’s contemporary art scene. Their works have been showcased at some of the major international festivals and renowned museums. Their artworks have been exhibited at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York and the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin. Over the years, they have created alternate spaces for art practices, ‘Periferry’ being the most interesting of them. It is located on a ferry, on river Brahmaputra, docked in Guwahati. DMC has presented their work in numerous group exhibitions including Being Singular Plural, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York , Intense Proximity, 3rd edition of the La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris , Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode, 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, India Pavilion, Venice , Indian Highway IV, MAC Muséed’Art Contemporain de Lyon and Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome. Their recent exhibition is a Solo Show, Noise Life at Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai and Project 88, Mumbai.