Collaborating since 2004 as Desire Machine Collective, Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya work through image, moving image, sound, time and space. Assuming their name and theoretical disposition from Anti-Oedipus, a seminal text from 1972 by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, Desire Machine seeks to disrupt the neurotic symptoms that arise from constricting capitalist structures with healthier, schizophrenic cultural flows of desire and information. As the French philosopher Michel Foucault put it, Anti-Oedipus is an introduction to a non-fascist life. In similar fashion, through their practice Jain and Madhukaillya confront the many forms of fascism that lead to violence and injustice, both regionally in Guwahati, Assam and around the world.
Along with Desire Machine Collective, they have initiated Periferry, a artist-led space situated on the M. V. Chandardinga, a ferry docked on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati. Periferry serves as a laboratory in flux for generating hybrid practices. The space and its activities also provide a connective platform for dialogue across artistic, scientific, technological, and ecological modes of production and knowledge.
Being Singular Plural, at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York in 2012
Intense Proximity at the 3rd edition of the La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, curated by OkwuiEnwezor.
Everyone Agrees: It's About to Explode at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, India Pavilion, Venice
Indian Highway IV, MAC Muséed'ArtContemporain de Lyon
Indian Highway V, MAXXI MuseoNazionaledelleArti del XXI Secolo, Rome
Between Utopia and Dystopia, Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico
Machines, OiFuturo media center, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil
Being Singular Plural: Moving Images from India, June 26–October 10, 2010
Curated by Sandhini Poddar, Deutsche Guggenheim museum, Berlin.
"Unreal Asia", as a part of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong & David Teh
"The Landscape of Where", 23 April - 27 May 2009, at the Galerie Mirchandani & Steinruecke, Mumbai, India, a group show curated by Nancy Adajania....link
"Video Wednesday", at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India Curated by Johny ML.
48C. Public. Art. Ecology, India Delhi's first Public Art Festival, Artistic Director and Curator Pooja Sood ...link
"Place", a group show at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma et le Vidéographe, Montreal, curated by Marc Mercier
Courts Metrages, les 21 instants Vidéo (MArsEILLE), presented by Charles Guilbert
The travelling multimedia exhibition Instants Vidéo (Video Moments) shown in France, Canada (Quebec), Lebanon, Palestine, Venezuela and Argentina.
Amsterdam-India Festival, Amsterdam curated by Shai Heredia
Workshops / Talks
Bite Size lecture at Fo.am ...link