Propositions:
Methods and Materials in collaboration with Gallery Ark
with support from Rubamin Foundation


Propositions: Methods and Materials is a long-term series of educational programming where artists present their ongoing or existing enquiries in the form of workshops, seminars, and lectures. Functioning as an opening out of the artist’s studio, the programmes facilitate dialogue and critique through experimental and participatory models.


4. NO GOGGLES FOR EARTHRISE:
Tentacular Dispositions, Delicate Revolutions

Mochu

20th - 25th January 2021


OPEN CALL now closed

Centered on various deviant histories, failed utopias, and renegade worlds on the run, the workshop will drift through recent instances in contemporary art that have extracted new articulations of the ‘planetary’ condition.

We begin with a revision of the famous 1968 image of the blue planet taken by NASA, depicting what is now referred to as the Earthrise. At the time of its public release, the rising and setting of the earth seen from a distant, barren vantage point afforded a new relationality between the infrastructures on the planet and the larger cosmos. Starting with a retroactive look from the 21st century, the workshop will revisit these relations through ideas from Weird fiction, Orientalist art, Counterculture movements, and Intergalactic Communism, amongst other conversations. Participants will be encouraged to recognise and respond to artistic practices that are open to diverse cosmo-technical possibilities, through presentations, screenings, and lectures. The sessions will also focus on text and video content, with regular discussions around each participant's independent practice/s.

Mochu works with video and text arranged as installations, lectures, and publications. Techno-scientific fictions feature prominently in his practice, often overlapping with instances or figures drawn from art history and philosophy. Recent projects have explored mad geologies, psychedelic subcultures, and Indian Modernist painting. Mochu is a recipient of the Edith-Russ-Haus grant for Media Art 2020 and his practice has previously been supported by Ashkal Alwan, India Foundation for the Arts, and The Sarai Programme. He is currently based in Delhi and Istanbul.