Mobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.): FIRST MACHINE and FINAL MACHINE

Neil Mulholland, Norman Hogg

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Abstract

Mobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.) was commissioned by the curator Sadie Kerr, Director of Lanchester Gallery Projects to launch LGP's new programme CAVEAT EMPTOR. Mobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.) responds to Amanda Beech's FINAL MACHINE, a three channel video and architectural installation that continued her examination into the nexus of art, philosophy, fiction and politics.

It forms part of a 2-in-1 publication - one as documentation and essay responses to the work FINAL MACHINE, and an additional section FIRST MACHINE, which includes new drawings from Amanda Beech, a re-print of Reza Negarestani's First and Final Machines: From Metaphysics to the Forensics of Force and new texts from The Confraternity of Neoflagellants and Ray Brassier.

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Mobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.) is a work of theory-fiction. It animates a neomedieval artistic practice that adopts ‘backward-thinking’, to identify and develop possible ‘premodern futures’ through a visceral, indulgent, lavish, liturgical and ludic materialism.

Set in a contemporary passion park, Mobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.) entangles a number of medieval sources (from the Bestiary of Philippe de Thaon to Foxe's Book of Martyrs) with the work of living and fictitious artists, knowledge-architects, Ponzi schemers, and philosophers (e.g. Alexandr Petrovsky, Amanda Beech, Ray Brassier, Adam Toffler, www.bobsacamano.dr). The work takes the form of a bestiary entry on the dog-head Muller Ltd., a quasi-human protagonist in our theory-fiction thN Lng Folk 2 Go: Investigating Future Premoderns™ (Punctum, 2013). It is performed in a mixture of middle and modern Scots and middle American mall talk and includes cover versions of electronic voice phenomena recordings of the medieval dead.
Translated title of the contributionMobilitas Loci (Muller Ltd.)
Original languageMultiple languages
Title of host publicationFIRST MACHINE and FINAL MACHINE
EditorsSadie Kerr
Place of PublicationCoventry
PublisherLanchester Gallery Projects
Pages27-28
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781846000584
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Amanda Beech
  • Reza Negrastani
  • Ray Brassier

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