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



Experimental Film Workshop

For this edition of the Artists’ cinema program the focus shifts towards making and what it means to construct an image. An experimental & improvised camera-less approach will form the basis of this workshop by repurposing old film strips & tinkering with props, instruments & electronic sound. Elements of this will unfold as a live ephemeral gesture giving it numerous glances & angles of view from the participants while others will be recorded, filmed, screened and performed. This foregrounds editing as a process in itself, which is also key in experimental filmmaking. The workshop will be preceded by a re-staging/screening of Ein Bild (An Image) by the late German filmmaker, Harun Farocki.


VIDEO | Artists’ cinema, video and experimental film Workshop | Nairobi, July 2023





The Listening room

The listening room


Experimental Film Workshop | Nairobi, 2023

  • -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


  • -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


  • -Instructional Cinema and African Audiences in Colonial Kenya, 1926–1963: Samson Kaunga Ndanyi
  • -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