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Nervous Fossils: Syndromes of the Synthetic Nether

Mochu


Being tied to technologies of speculative finance and fantasies of uninterrupted trade, tax-free storage spaces have become ideal sites to project fears of Financial Singularity. In the case of art storage, a freeport becomes an anti-museum of sorts; it alters the flow of linear time and potentially locks down the future in opposition to a conventional art museum that prevents the past from disappearing.

This essay book builds upon a scenario based on the abandoned plans for an art freeport, involving in the process synthetic netherwordly entities, nuclear warning signs, and syndromes from the future.


Mochu is a filmmaker, artist, and writer whose work engages with the life of fictional figures found in works of art and their encounters with various philosophies, mythologies, and techno-fiction. A number of his works focus on particular milestones in art history, drawing on the imagery found in the works of earlier artists. He was a fellow at the Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2016) and received a grant for a research residency at Utopiana, Geneva and Pro Helvetia, New Delhi and Zurich (2014). He was also awarded an Arts Research and Documentation Grant, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore (2013).

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