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Transmissions from a Missing Satellite / Mehreen Murtaza

Frieze London

17 – 20 October 2013

Mehreen Murtaza’s work is a composition of visual narratives where traditional background meets popular culture. With imagery derived from Sufi culture and the skewed logic of science fiction, her labour-intensive digital collages are a virtual world that juxtaposes the natural with the mechanical, where technology challenges religious myth, superstition and ritual. The premise for the show lays in dream logics, alternative knowledge, uncertain histories and the creative production of new and perhaps imaginary information, where a conception of the alternative reality is expressed into the realm of an exhibition scenario.

In Transmission From A Missing Satellite, we follow cryptic clues (Telegrams from the Future, 2013) and mystical evidence (a floating stone mimicking the Floating Stone of Jerusalem at the Dome of Rock) through a bricolage of fact, fiction, truisms, (Parallel World, 2013) and historical displacement vis-à-vis the fragmented narrative of the late Dr. Abdus Salam, who’s work in the field of theoretical physics won him the Nobel Prize for physics in 1979. His memory has been marred by prejudice because he belonged to the minority Ahmadi sect, a group persecuted by successive governments since 1974; and condemned as heretics by even mainstream Muslims. Murtaza treats Abdus Salam’s biography as the foundation of a scripted narrative with numerous artistic approaches to visualize adventures in quantum immortality and meta-verses.

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Floating Stone
poplar plywood plinth, Crealev levitation module CLM-1 + fiberglass
Plinth: 12.2 x 12.2 x 47.2 in, Stone: 4.5 x 8 inches, 
2013

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Score For A Film at Experimenter, Kolkata 2013

Score For A Film attempts to be a meld of sounds dedicated to recordings of low frequency transmissions, a sweeping soundtrack, noise patterns, historical recordings, and a fictitious narrative performed by a team of voice actors, interspersed with semantic language shifts and conversations covering ufology, space travel, crop circles, mysticism, spirituality, and the mapping of imaginary cartographies. With the help of voice over actors and musicians, a ‘score’ is developed for the ghost world, probing buried or unknown areas of the brain as potential components of such unreal archives.

 

Score For A Film focuses on a ‘Su-fi’ rendering to the realm of science fiction that focuses on the character of A.S., a magician scientist, invoking incantations, a self-serving hagiography; as well as embodying itself as a sort of a secular prayer.

 

Crystalline fragments of prose are interspersed with found news clippings, photographs, and physical artifacts that perform as punctuations in a fictional narrative that charts the process of invocation and erasure, pilfering and re-making, and the precarious and subjective nature of shared histories.

 

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scoreforafilm:

TRANSMISSION FROM A MISSING SATELLITE’s premise lays in dream logics, alternative knowledge, uncertain histories and the creative production of new and perhaps imaginary information.
Transmissions… is a 12 minute and 40 seconds long audio which attempts to stage a “dramatization” of a scripted science fiction novella interpreted through musical performance and part conversation covering scientific discovery and space travel within a parallel time span.

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©Mehreen Murtaza 2013

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Laika cigarettes, 1957, Russia

Laika cigarettes, 1957, Russia

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The Quiet Professionals - Shehzad Noor, Zain Ahsan, Mehreen Murtaza

The Quiet Professionals - Shehzad Noor, Zain Ahsan, Mehreen Murtaza

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FROM STAGE THRILLS TO RADIO DRAMA
Seeking various versatile voices and personalities, from soft spoken to raging mad! The more creative and confident you are with your submissions, the more likely you’ll land a spot on our own homegrown version of a quasi-religious science fiction novella!
Seeking a great character actor who is malleable and able to play multiple characters - a true contralto, or even tessitura, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano.
Directed by Mehreen Murtaza & Poor Rich Boy ShehzadSend your submissions to: scoreforafilm@gmail.com 

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FROM STAGE THRILLS TO RADIO DRAMA

Seeking various versatile voices and personalities, from soft spoken to raging mad! The more creative and confident you are with your submissions, the more likely you’ll land a spot on our own homegrown version of a quasi-religious science fiction novella!

Seeking a great character actor who is malleable and able to play multiple characters - a true contralto, or even tessitura, falling between tenor and mezzo-soprano.

Directed by Mehreen Murtaza & Poor Rich Boy Shehzad

Send your submissions to: scoreforafilm@gmail.com 

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Gravity Prevents the Atmosphere from Drifting into Outer Space
Mariele Neudecker, 2001

Gravity Prevents the Atmosphere from Drifting into Outer Space

Mariele Neudecker, 2001

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