Unruly City is a new 0rphan drift media project, built around Hexagram 49 of the I-Ching. The hexagram was presented to the artists Ranu Mukherjee and Mer Maggie Roberts during a reading intended to guide this project. Unruly City charts a course through a shifting urban imaginary emerging in the shadow of climate change and bio-capital, creating an amalgamation of potential spaces, materialities and creaturely life.
Treating the hexagram reading as a partial score, this clip is a response to the description of a ritual for the “new year”: “At new year, dances when the exorcists, dressed in bearskins and wearing bear masks with 4 golden metal eyes would drive out the old year animals pushing them over the edge of the world into renewal and change.Humans also wore bear masks and dressed as other gender. Old things were destroyed. Everything moves into a liminal state, the fertile chaos called Change.”