Desire Machine

Desire Machine Collective is a group of media practitioners based in Guwahati. Collaborating since 2004 as Desire Machine Collective, Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya employ film, video, sound, space, photography and objects in their installation and works. Their experiments with a wide range of media techniques and strategies with the aim of probing narratives and modes of representations, infused with a political character lend them a uniqueness that contributed to their growth as one of the leading artist collaboratives in India’s contemporary art scene.

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The project explores two main worlds – The hyper-real techno culture that we inhabit (the contemporary sub culture of the youth steeped in social media, gaming, internet and AI), and the inherited world of customs, cultural beliefs and heritage of the participants.

The film speculates on a future India, drawing from its complexities in today’s time. Set in around 2050’s, the story follows Maya, a cyborg fallen into prostitution and her trauma as she is bought and sold for her organic parts and memories. Imagining seamless bio-chemical devices for futuristic possibilities like memory trade, we dive into Maya’s memories of having loved and lost as she tries to piece together recent events.

This project responds to UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


The Desire Machine Collective project, Camera Praxis and students of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

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