The Operating Room


Body | Machine | Location

Where the body, machine & location intersect
There is no stage
There is no beginning nor ending
The play has already started



-Film slides

-The Orb: Eye ball scanning queues at the mall

-Biometrics visa application

-Dental implant surgery

-Herding sticks

-Tailors ruler



-Nagoya Aquarium, Japan

-The Twin Arch 138 Observation Tower: Ichinomiya, Japan

-The former Ichinomiya Central Nursing School: Aichi, Japan

-Odeon Cinema, Nairobi

-The Expressway, Nairobi


-Event horizon

Feral Atlas: Curated and Edited by Anna L. Tsing, Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena and Feifei Zhou

-COVID-19 PCR testing & vaccination sites

-Dr. Stella Nyanzi- cyber harassment case & nude protest

-VFS & TLS visa application centres- Nairobi

-Nyayo House (Immigration Dept.)

-Huduma Centers

-Referral hospitals

-Moi Avenue/Tom Mboya st. opposite fire-station

-Institute of Primate Research

#kot (Kenyans on Twitter)

-Mkunguni Square, Lamu

-Mpesa (kiosks)

-Mall checkpoints





-Herding sticks

-White cane

-1:1 scale model of the Nairobi Expressway

-Hyper objects

-COVID-19 PCR Testing kit & certificate

-Knife sharpening bicycle

-Home appliance manuals



-Measuring tape

-Tailors’ ruler

-Electric Kettle



-Helical spring


-High school love notes on Floppy disk c.2004

-Ebony magazine embedded sound chip

-Digital & slide projectors

-Weather & whether instruments




-The shadow cast by the Nairobi Expressway

-Dark Ecology



-Animal movement & migration patterns


-Ineos 1:59 challenge, 2019

-2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census

-(CBC) Competency Based Curriculum- Kenya’s new education system est. in 2017

-Weather & whether instruments

-250x160cm, 250x150cm, 250x160m, 250x150m




The Living Room




The Viewing room

The viewing room





The Journey of the Hyena: Program description | Screening schedule | References



  • -Amor Rojo, 2023: dir. Dora García
  • -Segunda Vez, 2018: dir. Dora García
  • -Brutalitaet in Stein (Brutality in stone), 1961: dir. Alexander Kluge
  • -I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians, 2019: dir. Radu Jude
  • -The Deviant Majority (from Basaglia to Brazil), 2010: dir. Dora Garcia
  • -Berlin Horse, 1970: dir. Malcolm Le Grice
  • -The Man with a Movie Camera, 1973: dir. David Crosswaite
  • -Leviathan, 2012, dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  • -Leviathan, 2014: dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev




  • -Akka on my Mind, 2018: dir. Mahmoud El-Beshtawi
  • -The House is Black, 1962: dir. Forugh Farrokhzad
  • -Anselm, 2023: dir. Wim Wenders
  • -The First Year, 1972: dir. Patricio Guzmán
  • -Feed me. Cheat me. Eat me: Exhibition & films by Janis Rafa | Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam
  • -This will not end well: Exhibition & films by Nan Goldin | Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • -The Ecstatic Truth: Exhibition & films by Werner Herzog | Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam
  • -Kala azar, 2020: dir: Janis Rafa
  • -Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, 2021: dir: Radu Jude
  • -Artis: The Amsterdam Zoo: Amsterdam
  • -Werckmeister Harmonies, 2000: dir: Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky
  • -Il buco, 2022: dir: Michelangelo Frammartino
  • -Fade to Black, 1990: dir: Tony Cokes
  • -The Shout, 1978: dir: Jerzy Skolimowski
  • -Salon dynamics for hijab wearing clients
  • -Polar bear, hippo with elephant legs & other mutant welded animals on Ngong road
  • -The Orb: Eye ball scanning queues at the mall
  • -Wasp, 2003: dir: Andrea Arnold
  • -Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel, 1968: dir. Alexander Kluge
  • -Alcarràs, 2022: dir: Carla Simón Pipó
  • -The Eight Mountains, 2022: dir: Felix Van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch
  • -Thief, 1981: dir: Michael Mann
  • -Amarcord, 1973: dir: Federico Fellini
  • -Tampopo, 1985: dir: Juzo Itami
  • -Pastoral: To Die in the Country, 1974: dir: Shūji Terayama
  • -Fish Tank, 2009: dir: Andrea Arnold
  • -Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2011: dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • -Happy As Lazzaro, 2018: dir: Alice Rohrwacher
  • Next Floor, 2008: dir: Denis Villeneuve
  • -All That Breathes, 2022: dir: Shaunak Sen


The Listening room

The listening room


  • -An Evening With Christian Nyampeta: Link
  • -Michael Waisvisz: The Hands: Link
  • Stromae Composing Alors On Danse
  • -Bobby Mcferrin improvisation with Richard Bona: Link
  • -Richard Bona improv session with a loop machine: Video Link1 | Video Link2 | Audio Link
  • -Animal sounds at Natura Artis Magistra: The Amsterdam Zoo
  • -New Years Fireworks display: Amsterdam



Experimental Film Workshop | Nairobi, 2023

  • -Sound of children playing from the exhibition; The Nature of the Game by Francis Alÿs: WIELS-Brussels
  • -Strong wind & hailstorm, Amsterdam
  • -Weaver bird & crow hatchlings
  • -Borehole drilling & pumping process, Ngong
  • -The river Aare in spring, Switzerland
  • -Audio featured in the exhibition Body Machine Location at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland


  • -Athletes & police training sessions on the field outside my studio
  • -Chords, C Major & the Pentatonic Scale
  • -Composition, sampling & recording instruments on an R8 sequencer scavenged in Japan
  • -The Listening House in Tokoname, Japan by Theaster Gates: A collection of records of Black soul music and experimental jazz acquired by Gates from his late friend, ceramicist Marva Jolly (1937–2012)
  • -Shinkansen (bullet train) at Nagoya Station, Japan
  • -Ukai fishing on River Kiso, Aichi prefecture
  • -Train rides: Japan, summer 2022
  • -Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports
  • -Political campaign sounds: 2022 General Elections; Kenya
  • Inigradan: Les Filles de Illighadad
  • -Serpent and the Egg: Emilie Wright
  • Legui Legui from Yaral Sa Doom by Wau Wau Collectif
  • -Going Home: Alice Coltrane
  • -CD: Deutzer Brücke, Köln- Mai 2015: sound atmosphere of the Rhine Bridge
  • -CD: Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of Flux/Us (Disc I & II)
  • -Golden Hours: Cucina Povera & Haron Aumaj
  • -Cherry Colored Funk: Cocteau Twins (See You Soon, Ambient Mix XXIV) by Jorkes & Paris Böhm
  • -Sega Bodega: I Need Nothing From You (Oliver Coates version)
  • -Av Duet: Lung dart
  • -A Blues In Drag: The Glove
  • -Loja: Southern Shores
  • -Laurie Anderson: The Talk Normal Anthology
  • -Bach: The Cello Suites. Recomposed by Peter Gregson- suite no.4 in E-flat Major, 4.5 Bourrées
  • -Maria Somerville: NTS


The Reading room

The reading room


  • -Visibility Machines: Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen
  • -The Perception of the EnvironmentEssays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill: Tim Ingold
  • -The Arachnean and Other Texts: Fernand Deligny
  • -Harun Farocki- Soft Montages: edited by Yilmaz Dziewior
  • Pages 11: Stage so near so far
  • -Togetherward: Christian Nyampeta
  • -Xenogenesis: The Otolith Group
  • -Ways of Worldmaking: Ben Rivers
  • -Walls to talk to: Jewyo Rhii
  • -Structural Film Anthology: Peter Gidal
  • -Writings: Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub
  • -Raw Materials for the Imagination: Alexander Kluge
  • -Inserts in Real Time: Dora Garcia, performance work 2000-2023
  • -Ideological Effects of the Basic Cinematographic Apparatus: Jean-Louis Baudry and Alan Williams


  • -Axolotl: Julio Cortázar
  • -Versus the Multinational Vampires. An Attainable Utopia: Julio Cortázar
  • -Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals: Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • -Diego Garcia: Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams
  • -The Last Whole Earth Catalog, January 1971: Rare print edition
  • -Arte Povera: Germano Celant
  • -Instructional Cinema and African Audiences in Colonial Kenya, 1926–1963: Samson Kaunga Ndanyi
  • -Exhibiting the New Art: ‘Op Losse Schroeven & ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ 1969: Christian Rattemeyer & others
  • -Slow & soft & righteous. Improvising at the end of the world (and how we make a new one): Sonia Louise Davis
  • -Slide Show. Projected images in contemporary Art: Darsie Alexander. Withe essays by Charles Harrison & Robert Storr
  • -How to imitate the sound of the shore using two hands and a carpet: Cevdet Erek
  • -Wind Tunnel Bulletin no. 11 & 13: Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity at Zurich University of the Arts
  • -Ordinary Notes: Christina Sharpe
  • -The Mushroom at the End of the World: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
  • -How to ‘correct’ Nostalgia: Danièle Huillet
  • -Cinema, meteorology, and the erotics of weather: Emil Leth Meilvang
  • -The Loop of Belatedness: Cinema After Film in the Contemporary Art Gallery: Thomas Elsaesser
  • -Expanded Vision and Blended Mediums: Remembering the Art of Michael Snow: Lukas Brasiskis, eflux



  • -Cinema Expanded: Avant-Garde Film in the Age of Intermedia: Jonathan Walley
  • -The Skin of the Film. Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses: Laura Marks
  • -The hills have ideologies: The fûkeiron tradition in Japanese landscape cinema: Conor Bateman
  • -Memoria: Apichatpong Weerasethakul & team. The book features materials collected during the development, writing, pre-production & shoot of the film
  • -Steve McQueen: Tate Modern in collaboration with Pirelli HangarBicocca
  • -Black Chapel: Theaster Gates
  • -Institute of Radical Imagination(IRI)
  • -Working-class Cinema in the Age of Digital Capitalism: Massimiliano Mollona
  • -A glossary for arts education: On the Home Workspace Program 2014–2015: Edited by Özge Ersoy
  • -Publishing as Method: In Conversation with Özge Ersoy and Paul C. Fermin: IDEAS Journal
  • Jackie Karuti: Notes Movement Method
  • -Tube Dust Drone: Brückenmusik 1995-2015
  • -Sneak Review: Benjamin Patterson
  • -Das Rheingold (a new attempt): A multi-media opera by Ben Patterson
  • -I Will Draw a Map of What You Never See. Endeavours in Rhythmanalysis: SAVVY Books
  • -Ultrasanity. On Madness, Sanitation, Anti-psychiatry and Resistance: SAVVY Books
  • -The Russian Experiment in Art, 1863-1922: Camilla Gray
  • -Would That I Might Reach Myself Before All Others: Barbara Casavecchia on Maria Lai
  • -Ralph Lemon: Thomas J. Lax, MOMA
  • -What the Fire Sees: A Divided Reader
  • -Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: Olga Tokarczuk