Matrix of Rule
Matrix of Rule (2021) considers how raced and classed sets of exclusionary politics complicate and cut French philosopher Guy Debord's theory of psychogeography. Matrix of Rule takes the experience of Algerian-French psychogeographer Abdelhafid Khattib. Set against the backdrop of the North African curfew introduced in 1958 and following multiple police arrests and assaults, Khattib is forced to abandon his dérive undertakings in the area of Les Halles. Despite being a contemporary of Guy Debord and an active member of the Situationist Art Movement, Abdelhafid Khattib's experience was not addressed, particularly to the degree by which it challenged Debord's Theory of the Dérive (1958).
In 'Matrix of Rule,' H.Mur appropriates Debord's filmic method of détournement where found french media footage is recontextualized, spliced, and interlaced with theoretical texts. Cameroonian philosopher, Achille Mbembe's script, guides us to consider, both locally, and on a planetary scale, the varied forms of labyrinths and racial membranes constructed to contain bodies we deem surplus ineligible and fungible.
Sound by Marco Cher-Gibard
H.Mur is an anti-artist based in Melbourne. They use the practice of photography, moving image and projection to consider the everyday poetics and politics of bodies at the margins of margins.
Recently H.Mur completed a collaborative fellowship at UnionDocs Centre for Documentary Art in New York City, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Australia Council.