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Dr. Mriganka Madhukaillya

Mriganka Madhukaillya is the founder of the Media Lab within the Department of Design, IIT Guwahati. He has been an assistant professor of New Media Technology and Cinema in the Department of Design of IIT Guwahati since 2005. His background is in quantum mechanics and communication design.He is also associated with Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, IIT Guwahati

Visiting Faculty Positions  |  Research Networks  |  Publications |  Bibliography  |  Artistic Practice 

Mriganka has conducted research and taught at many universities worldwide. He was a DAAD Visiting Professor at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart in 2019, and a visiting professor at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou in 2016-17.

He was a member of several managing and advisory boards, including a Juror in Visual Arts at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. He is currently a member of research networks Biopolitica, a biopolitics research network, and Substantial Motion Research Network, initiated by Prof. Laura Marks and Prof. Azadeh Emadi.

He is a founding member of the art collective Desire Machine Collective, with which he was nominated for the LUMA award in 2011. His public platform Periferry, active between 2007-2013, was nominated for Visible Award 2015, Tate Liverpool.


2019 DAAD Visiting Professor, Merz Akademie
2016-17 Visiting Professor, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou


Substantial Motion Research Network, a media network initiated by Prof. Laura Marks and Prof. Azadeh Emadi for cross-cultural exploration of digital media and philosophy.

Biopolitica, a biopolitics research network


Madhukaillya, M., (2019), Assembly of Desire, desire machine collective and Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Guwahati and Berlin

Madhukaillya, M., Assam as a Field. Making Space in a Bipolar World, Field Journal, Issue 12, 2019 

Madhukaillya, M., We send Starships, We fall in love, PROTŌCOLLUM 2016/17



Farr, I. (2012), Memory, Documents of contemporary Art, MIT Press

Sharma, A. (2015), An Arrested Eye: Trauma and Becoming in Desire Machine Collective’s Documentary Installations, in Evoking Bodies, Questioning the Nation: Critical Cinema in India, Palgrave Macmillan UK

Khullar, S. (2015), Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990, University of California Press


Blurton, R.T. (2016), Krishna in the Garden of Assam, British Museum, London,UK

Residue featured in the catalogue of The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of contemporary art, Brisbane, Australia, 2015

Noise Life - production and exhibition platform basis e.V. Frankfurt, Germany, 2015

No Ordinary Darkness, in Poddar, S. (2012), Being Singular Plural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (adapted version of this essay appeared in Art India)

Hostote, R. (2014), Everyone Agrees: It’s About To Explode, India Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia

Essay by Nancy Adajania in Everyone Agrees: It’s About To Explode, India Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia, 2011

Bhaumik, K. (2011), Residues Of The Future/ Peripheries of the World, in The Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionaledelle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

Bhaumik, K. (2011), Noise Life


2015 A Conversation with Desire Machine Collective on Residue

2014 Kaushik Bhaumik in Conversation with Desire Machine Collective in Synoptique journal.

2012 Kaleidoscope Magazine, excerpts of conversation of Ulrich Baer & Sandhini Poddar with DMC at the Guggenheim Museum NY

2011 Sandhini Poddar’s Interview with DMC on Trespassers Will (Not) Be Prosecuted

2011 Sabih Ahmed’s interview DMC in the AAA magazine


2017 Invocation - The Open Hand, India Art Fair, Gujral Foundation, Delhi, 2017

2016 Thirukode, M., Noise Life and Periferry in Vogue Art Report, Winter 2016

2016 Ancient silk cloth from Assam centerpiece of UK exhibition, Business Standard, January 18, 2016

2016 Exhibition to explore the rich cultural history of Assam, The Northeast Today, January 18, 2016

2015 Menzes, V., Assam beyond Kaziranga, Conde Nast Traveller, May 7, 2015

2012 Schwendener, M., Connections That Seem to Erase boundaries, The New York Times, April 20, 2012

2012 Sand, O., Being Singular Plural, Asian Art, May 2012

2012 Poddar, S., Genealogies of Sovereignty, Art Asia Pacific, Issue 77, Mar/Apr 2012

2012 Hoskote, R., River Bloom, Art in America, October 2012

2011 Ghosh, S., The Self-Invested Nation, Yishu, Vol. 11, Nr. 5, 2012

2011 Poddar, S., Art India, Vol XVI, Issue II, Quarter II, Dec 2011

2011 Dua, A., Pushing Boundaries, Graphiti, The Telegraph, India, June 5, 2011

2011 From Periferry to Venice, Business Standard, April 9, 2011

2010 Ghosh, S., Periferry - Desire Machine Collective, Artfair Magazine, Issue 2, Quarter 2, 2010

2010 Pariat, J., Art Floats, The Caravan, Sept. 2010

2010 Alternate Art Spaces, Take on Art, Vol 1, Issue 02, 2010

2010 Demos, T.J., Being-Political (on Amar Kanwar, Kabir Mohanty, Shumona Goel, and Desire Machine Collective), Deutsche Guggenheim Magazine 12, Summer 2010, pp. 8-13


2007 Co-initiator of Periferry
An alternative artist-led space to provide a connective platform for dialogue across artistic, scientific, technological, and ecological modes of production and knowledge, situated on the M. V. Chandardinga, a ferry docked on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati.

2004 Co-founder of Desire Machine Collective


2017 Art Spectrum Awards South Asia for the Breaking New Ground category, Goa 
2015 3rd Prudential Eye Award 2015, Singapore 
2015 Visible Award 2015, Cittadellarte – Pistoletto Foundation, Fondazione Zegna & Tate Liverpool 
2011 Luma Award 2011, Arles, France (with experimental cinema legends Jonas Mekas and Kenneth Anger) 
2011 Prix Pictet, Power, 2011, London  


2015 Gas Works, London 
2013 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 
2013 Flying Circus, Burmese days, Theatre Works, Singapore 
2012 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 
2010 Foam, Brussels 
2007 Coast International Artists Workshop, Liverpool 
2007 Khoj Kashmeer, Shrinagar, Kashmir 
2006 Khoj Kolkata, Kolkata 
2006 Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V, Halle, Germany 
2005 Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi 


2018 Inner Lines, Asia Contemporary Art Platform NON, Berlin

2018 Museums Are Closed at Night, Assam State Museum, Guwahati

2015 Noise Life, production and exhibition platform basis e.V. Frankfurt, Germany

2014 Noise Life, Galerie Max Mueller, Mumbai and Project 88, Mumbai 


2018 (Dis)Orientation and Dis(Sonance), a collaborative exhibition between desire machine collective and ABARI in public space, Horizon Plaza, Gurgaon

2017 Noise Life, In The Presence of Others, Korea Cultural Centre, New Delhi

2017 Invocation - The Open Hand, Gujral Foundation at 24 Jor Bagh, India Art Fair, New Delhi

2016 - 2017 Noise Life I and Dewaal, 11th Shanghai Biennale

2016 Invocation, part of Krishna in the Garden of Assam, British Museum, London

2015 Residue, part of The Eight Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia

2015 After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary, India 1947 to 1997, Queens Museum and Grey Art Gallery at New York University, both in New York City

2015 Cut the Sky - media & visual concept by DMC for Marrugeku Australia. World Premiere at Perth International Arts Festival, Subiaco, Australia; WOMADelaide, Adelaide

2015 Remote tour in Australia - The Boardwalk Theatre; Mandurah, Pigram Garden Theatre, Broome; Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre; Ardyaloon Community

2015 EUROPEAN TOUR 2015 - Theater Im Pfalzbau, Ludwidshafen, Germany; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, Brussels

2014 We send starships, We fall in love - Nameless here for evermore – Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi

2014 Passage - About Transformation, Lothringer_13_Halle, Munchen, Germany

2013 Bhotbhoti tales, Map - Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

2013 Periferry - An Incomplete balance sheet - [UN]NATURAL LIMITS, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

2013 BiennaleOnline

2012 Residue, Nishan I, Trespassers will (not) be Prosecuted, part of Being Singular Plural, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York

2012 Residue, part of Intense Proximity (curated by Okwui Enwezor), the 3rd edition of the La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2012 Residue, part of Experimenta India: London Indian Film Festival, Tate Modern,

2011 Residue, part of Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Explode at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, India Pavilion, Venice (inaugural Indian Pavilion at the 54th International Art exhibition of the Venice Biennale)

2011 Residue, part of Indian Highway IV, MAC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon

2011 Trespassers will (not) be Prosecuted, Residue, part of Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

2011 Film cycles in connection with the exhibition "Paris-Delhi-Bombay", Centre Pompidou, Paris

2011 Residue, part of Between Utopia and Dystopia, Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo
(MUAC), Mexico City

2011 Residue, part of Machines, OiFuturo media center, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2011 Residue, part of Biennial of Curitiba, Brazil

2011 Periferry, part of Water, Curse or Blessing, AEDES, Berlin

2011 Right to Dissent, The Clark House, Mumbai

2011 Periferry, Green House, Microlima, Venice

2011 Periferry, part of Other Possible Worlds, NGBK, Berlin

2010 Trespassers will (not) be Prosecuted, Residue, part of Being Singular Plural, Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin

2010 25/75, part of Subjective Projections, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany

2010 ID/entity, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 Frieze Film, Frieze Art Fair, London

2010 “and the, panopticon, as well“, Biennial of Young Artists Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

2009 Unreal Asia, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

2009 The Landscape of Where, Galerie Mirchandani & Steinruecke, Mumbai

2008 Video Wednesday, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India 48C Public. Art. Ecology, New Delhi

2008 Place, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma et le Vidéographe, Montreal

2008 Courts Metrages, les 21 instants Vidéo (MArsEILLE), France

2008 Amsterdam-India Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2007 Experimenta Film Festival, Bangalore & Bombay

2006 Moving Spirits, Werkleitz Gesellschafte.V., Halle, Germany

2006 Ghost in the Machine, Appejay Media Gallery, New Delhi

2006 Short Shorts, Goethe Hall-Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

2006 Impossible India, Parallel Economies in Contemporary Art, Frankfurter

2005 Kunstverein Berlin, Germany A Notebook on geography(ies). A solo show at Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi

2005 Globalization@Hunger, SESC, Pinheiros, Sao Paulo

2005 Globalization@Hunger, House of World Social Forum India, PortoAlegre, Brazil

2004 Towards a New Asia: Transnationalism and Northeast India, Guwahati


2015-2017 Juror of Visual Arts at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany


2018 "Auto Ethnography: Philosophy of technology", Guwahati Artist Guild, Assam 2017

2018 "The School of Everything", concrete examples of alternative and reflective educational formats, Documenta 14, Interim am Kulturbahnhof Kassel

2016 “Co-Production and Reviewing the History and Poetics of Spatial Atmospheres”, lecture part of the symposium "Biographies & the Production of Space, Between Life and Places", Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2016 “Notebook of Geograph(ies)”, lecture part of Unlearning the Given, SAVVY Contemporary, The Laboratory of Form-Ideas, Berlin, Germany

2016 “#assembly of desire”, a lecture part of Athens Biennale 2015-2017 “OMONOIA”, Avtonomi Akadimia, Athens, Greece

2015 “The Relation of Authorship to Ownership”, a lecture part of the symposium "(Re-)Constructing Authorship", Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2015 "On the Aesthetic and Epistemic Status of the Brain", lecture part of “Crossing Fibres: A retrospectroscopic view”, Berlin School of Brain and Mind, Berlin, Germany

2013 DEFAULT 13: Art, Cities and Regeneration master class organized by Ramdom (Lecce, Italy) in collaboration with Art hub Asia (Shanghai, China) and with the support of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Trans Europe Halles (THE), part of the programme “Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe”

2013 “Sovereign table,” a lecture performance part of Museum as Hub research residency, New Museum, New York

2013 “Untitled”, a lecture performance at Flying circus project, Yangon, organized by Theatre works, Singapore

2012 Public studio and lecture at Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York

2012 A conversation at Asia Art Archive, New York

2011 Lecture performance at Microclima, Venice, as part of Venice Biennale collateral event

2010 Periferry network at Bite size lectures, organized by FoAM, Brussels 2010

2010 Periferry Project at March meeting organized by Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Dubai

2010 Exploring living spaces at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of architecture, Mumbai

2009 Artists collective organized by Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

2009 Unspeakably More: Naming, Deframing, lexicon for contemporary curatorship (Art after Space), organized by KHOJ in association with n.e.w.s.

2008 New media art organized by Mohile parikh Centre, NCPA, Mumbai

2005 Presented a paper in the symposium on “Public Sphere-Private Sphere: Is the boundary collapsing in contemporary Indian art practice”? on the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee at the Lalit Kala Kendra, Bhuvneshwar, Orissa


2018 Assembly of Desire, Majuli Island, Assam

2008 Inner lines: positing a visual exhibit on transnationalism and the concepts of border and network in Guwahati in collaboration with Khoj and Panos South Asia

2006 Facing the Code, new media exhibition, IIT Guwahati


2012 Being Singular Plural, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2012, New York

2012 Intense Proximity, An anthology of the Near and the Far, la Triennale 2012,

2012 Guwahati Bamboo Walkway, released as Collateral Event at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

2011 Everyone Agrees: It’s About To Explode, India Pavilion, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale Di Venezia

2011 Indian Highway IV, MAC Muséed’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France 2011 Indian Highway V, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome

2011 Biennial of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

2011 Other Possible Worlds, Proposals on this Side of Utopia, NGBK, Berlin

2011 Luma Award 2011, Arles, France

2011 Water–Curse or Blessing? AEDES, Periferry, Berlin

2010 Being Singular Plural, Deutsche Guggenheim Museum 2010, Berlin

2010 The Khoj Book, Contemporary Art Practice in India, 1997-2007

2008 48C. Public. Art. Ecology, New Delhi, India

2008 India Innings Experimenta(l) Film, Amsterdam Khoj 2004-2005, New Delhi

2007 Experimenta 07, Bangalore

2006 Moving Spirits, 2006, Franckesche Stiftungenzu Halle