0rphan Drift at Dold Projects 2016.
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 genders. Old things were destroyed. Everything moves into a liminal state, the fertile chaos called Change.” Unruly City is in some way generating a space in which this fertile chaos manifests. 0rphan Drift’s 49, installed in the window at Dold Projects, features elements of Hexagram 49 printed on silk. It marks and defines the space of the exhibition both for entering viewers and passersby.
0rphan Drift is a collaborative media artist and avatar that emerged in London, 1994. The video, performances, installations and eponymous cyberpunk novel 0(rphan)d(rift>) addressed the future through the science -fictional, nascent technologies and related shifts in perception and matter-energy. 0D re-emerges in reconfigured form, again addressing the future as it speaks to us in this moment. Considering current narratives around climate change, bio- capital and related migratory patterns they re-imagine the urban as porous, interspecies and terraformed. We continue to work with moving images and ancient predictive technologies such as I-Ching to create non-linear narratives and installations. 0D work has been performed and exhibited in galleries, museums, conferences and night clubs internationally. orphandriftarchive.com