In the thinking of Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, the idea of the machine undergoes a paradigm shift with respect to Marxist analyses of the industrial society. It had been regarded merely as a technical instrument which alienated the individual, turning them into one more piece of machinery in capitalist production, but this judgement was reformulated into an abstract nucleus capable of containing infinite human and non-human relations, where  “to machinate” is to conspire against established power, to imagine new possible assemblages, to invent the necessary means for radical transformation.

In accordance with this theoretical framework, the exhibition machinations explores different forms of resistance, coalition and creativity that materialises in the present by way of around fifty artists, most of whom hail from the Mediterranean area and African continent and reflect on the historical and present-day circumstances of such territories.