The exhibition includes a new film produced in Saddar, a cosmopolitan neighbourhood within Karachi, known as the ‘City of Lights’ for its vivacious 1960s and 1970s nightlife. The area has been profoundly transformed by political and religious changes in the city and across Pakistan. Mad Mad Mad Mad Filmy World is an experimental film, and in essence a portrait of the Modernist-era screening house, the last in a line of historic cinemas along M.A. Jinnah Road in Karachi, burnt by a mob of protesters in 2012 to condemn a controversial Youtube video.
Thauberger’s exhibition parenthetically presents and references a selection of previous works, including Marat Sade Bohnice, a performance and experimental documentary set in the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital, Prague that was co-produced for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial.