DUST [n]FORCER

NON ARCHITECTURE | COLLABORATION | performance | data animation  | 2018

The project presents a collaboration between Asad Khan and Patricia Wu Wu. It orbits around a

philo-fictional character, the ‘Dust Enforcer’— first appearing in Reza Negarestani’s

‘Cyclonopedia’ as “[...]Pazuzu[...]The Sumero-Assyrian demon of epidemics,[...]The high

acolyte of dust,[...]The southern desert wind[...]”[1]. The character, utilises dust as a sentient

relic that parasites on Earth through its inhabitants. While keeping their body hostage to an alien

will that scavenges, accumulates and composes itself, to summon the origins of life.

The collaboration seeks to liberate the Dust Enforcer from the textual paradigm, through different

mediums—for it to navigate as an envoy to observe that which escapes cognition. It uses the

archaic violence of technology, to construct an image proper to the Dust Enforcer, where it

serves an epistemic portal to navigate the obstacles pertaining the abductions of thought —

required to communicate the image of ‘man' as the demon of the Anthropocene. The two distinct

explorations of the ‘Dust Enforcer’ are materialised into the following species of dust:

1.LiDAR retrieved dust particles of her face, later accreted together through algorithmic simulation, and materialised into a digitally fabricated face mask by Patricia Wu Wu.

2.LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radar)

retrieved dust particles of a designed choreography of Patricia’s body wearing the face mask. The results are simulated in the form of a time-based performance.

[1] Negarestani, R. 2008. Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials. Anomaly Series.Re.Press.