Video by Mer Maggie Roberts, AE animations by Ranu Mukherjee.
NB Link to main animation segments by Ranu Mukherjee - 'Flood Aftermath' vimeo.com/185038097
and 'Noise And Ritual' vimeo.com/185063596
'Unruly City' premieres segments from a new 0rphan Drift media project, also titled 'Unruly City', alongside selections of related work by 0D collaborators Ranu Mukherjee and Mer Maggie Roberts. 'Unruly City' is built around Hexagram 49 of the I-Ching, presented to the artists during a reading intended to guide this project. It 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.
The first segments of this project bring together densely layered collaged video and animation in a collaborative work by the artists. Treating the hexagram reading as a partial score, these clips revolve around 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.”