Shift/Work Speculations: Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Performance)

Neil Mulholland (Artist), Dan Brown (Artist), Jake Watts (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Shift/Work Speculations
Performance #1 : Kochi-Muziris Biennale, in Kerala, India 20-24th March 2017.

Commissioned by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Speculations is a Shift/Workshop that runs over two 3-hour shifts.

Composition: Speculations was collectively composed and play-tested at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop on the 3rd and 4th of March 2017, a participatory action-research workshop ordained to fabricate speculative artistic research methods.

What were we 'composing'?

We composed a workshop in which participants develop, learn and apply speculative artistic research methods. It is crucial that the genesis of this workshop is, in its own right, speculative. Our speculative process encouraged artistic practices that cannot be held, observed‌ or enacted without taking risks or experiencing their consequences. To this end, Shift/Work: Speculations was collectively composed (basho paragogy).

Speculative methods may include, but are not limited to: abduction, syncretism, forecasting, futurism, divination, becoming-rites, probing (making and employing actants), paradisciplinarity, ‘pataphysics, hyperstition, theory-fiction, mythopoesis, fabulation, fictioning, (mis)management, gaming / playing, versioning, licensing, servicizing, technés / technoetics, extended cognition (ExC), imaginative propositions, paper architecture, thought experiments, proposing, lateral thinking/feeling/knowing, weird-ing, speculative realism, mangle-practice….

Who were the Shift/Workers?

A compagon of ‘composers’ - comprising artists, curators, designers, musicians, producers, educationalists, social anthropologists, philosophers and futurists - joined us at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in March 2017 to scribe and audition Speculations. Working in three groups, participants composed three iterative workshops. The three groups then rotated, each participating in the workshops composed by their peers.

2) Performance

Our post-workshop re-calibration of the three workshops translated them into one workshop composition. Shift/Work then directed this ‘calibrated’ workshop at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, in Kerala, India 20-24th March 2017.

The composition is published as an OER on
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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKochi, India
PublisherKochi-Muziris Biennale
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2017
EventShift/Work: Speculations - Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Mar 20174 Mar 2017


  • Contemporary Art
  • Workshop
  • Composition
  • Speculation
  • Fabulation
  • Mangle-practice
  • Technés / Technoetics
  • Abduction
  • Forecasting
  • Futurism
  • Divination
  • Licensing
  • Servicizing
  • Hyperstition
  • Versioning


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