MA Painting. Royal College of Art, London

B.F.A., Painting with minor in film,  Massachusetts College of Art, Boston


Solo Exhibitions and Projects


A Bright Stage, De Young Museum , San Francisco, CA.

Succession, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Sonoma Ca.

Beam, Gallery Wendi Norris HQ, San\Francisco


Shadowtime, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Shivery Proof, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster Pa.


Phantasmagoric, commission for Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Phantasmagoria, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL


Extracted: a trilogy, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


Apparitions, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco


Beta Space: Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes, San Jose Museum of Art


Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern


Ranu Mukherjee: VideoHole, Noma Gallery, San Francisco

Selected 2 person and Group Exhibitions


 Karachi Biennial, Karachi Pakistan
Sanctuary, Smart Museum, Chicago, Asia Society Museum, NY, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto


Making Migration Visible, ICA , Maine College of Art, Portland, Me.

Beyond Transnational, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai,

 Raza Foundation, New Delhi

 Our Bones are Made  of Starlight, 1a Space , Hong Kong

 Soul Mining, Arizona State University Art Museum, Vincent Price Museum,

 Los  Angeles

 Sanctuary, Fort Mason Chapel, For-site Foundation


Changjiang International Photo and Video Biennial, Chongqing Changjiang Museum of Art, Chongquing, China

Your Mind, This Moment and The Practice of Attention, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.


 Sites of Transformation, Joey Fauerso and Ranu Mukherjee, She Works Flexible, Houston

Bring it Home, (re)locating Cultural Legacy through the Body,

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery


Momentum, Women, Art and Technology, Dana Galleries, Rutgers University Moving Image, Waterfront Tunnel, New York

Group Hang, Gallery Wendi Norris Time Travelers, Kala Institute, Berkeley 2014

Partial View; recoding sacred objects, Manresa Gallery San Francisco Radiant Chromosphere on view, Oakland Museum of California Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art


This is not America: Resistance, Protest and Poetics, Arizona State University Art Museum Vital Signs, New Media Art from the SJMA Collection,

Wichita Art Museum

Grain, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space, Block Gallery, Oakland

Fruitique, a Fallen Fruit project fro the Hammer Museum Los Angeles

A Tempting Fate: Inevitability and Scientific Fortune, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland Only a Signal Shown, Southern Exposure, San Francisco

Echoes of Eco, International Winter Arts Festival, Sochi Russia


Making Camp, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum Idaho Museum Store Mini Solos, SpaceBi at Asian Art Museum Store

United States of Asian America, 15th annual exhibition, SOMARTS, San Francisco 2011

Bay Area Now 6, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora, San Francisco State University

2nd Floor Window Projection Series, Luggage Store, San Francisco

Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Hirshhorn Museum, DC Pangea, art at the forefront of cultural convergence, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern 2010

Kala Fellowship Show, Kala Art Institute Gallery, Berkeley

Shadowshop, Stephanie Syjuco in ‘The More Things Change’, SF MOMA Larry Sultan Memorial Pinup Show, Oliver Art Center, Oakland


Home is Something I Carry With Me, Mission district private residences, San Francisco For Lovers and Fighters, The Spare Room Project, San Francisco


Field Work, The Apartment, Vancouver VividWild, Fort Gallery, Oakland

Eccentric Spaces and Serious Pleasures, The Colony Room at New Langton Arts, San Francisco Code-Switchers, The Lab, San Francisco

Night Light; an evening of luminous environments, Climate Theatre, San Francisco California as Paradox; Imagined Communities, Fort Gallery, San Francisco

T-10 Video Festival, 21 Grand, Oakland



18th Street Arts Complex, Los Angeles 2020

De-Young Artist Studio Program, De Young Museum 2016

Space 118, Mumbai Residency 2014

Kala Fellowship Award and Residency, Berkeley 2009



Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Avery Related

Robert D. Bielecki Foundation

Four Seasons

Kadist Foundation

JP Morgan Collection

Oakland Museum of California

San Jose Museum of Art


Commissions, public projects and programs


Succession, Collaboration with Hope Mohr Dance for Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

Meditation on Trust, Collaboration with Hope Mohr Dance for Sanctuary Salon, Fort Mason Chapel, For-Site Foundation, San Francisco


Now Not Now, Hope Mohr Dance Company commission for Shadowtime,

Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco


Chimeric, video commission, Artprojx for Royal College of Psychiatry, London


Spicy Wild, Growing Gritty, Spirited Transmission, Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series San Francisco Arts Commission

A Procession for the Extracted For-Site Foundation, Nevada City The Mission: Calle 24, San Francisco Arts Commission Passport 2013

Procession for Future Artifacts, Artists Drawing Club at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Towards a Creole Procession, Luggage Store Annex, San Francisco


Live score for Telling Fortunes, Mike Maurillo, San Jose Museum of Art and Zero1 Biennial


Yerba Buena Night Media Lounge, San Francisco

live score for Color of History, Sweating Rocks, Mike Maurillo , Bay Area Now 6


Tender Transmissions, Luggage Store Annex/Tenderloin National Forest, Wonderland Show, San Francisco and www.tendertransmissions.com



A completely matter of fact acceptance of the agency of non-human beings of   many kinds, an artist project for Art Journal, Fall Issue, 2019

forthcoming: Procession for the Extracted, ed. David Burns and Ranu Mukherjee, For-site Foundation and California College of the Arts


Connective Tissue, a feature for Art Practical , Dec, 2017

Catalogue: Sanctuary, For-site Foundation, San Francisco

Joan Jonas on Our Mind, Wattis Institute


Catalogue: Digital Art and Feminism, A Surreal Relationship, Anne Swartz,

Momentum, Women Art and Technology, Dana Women Artist Series,

Rutgers University, ed. Connie Tell, Institute for Women and Art


M for Metabolism, Open Wide- the great digestive system, Randy Lee Cutler


0(rphan)d(rift>), 2012 edition, Cabinet Gallery London

A Set of Reflections on the Culture of Public School Touring in San Francisco, written in Limbo Social Practice, an annual report, California College of the Arts


A Nomadic Archive, New Guide to the Universe, Practice&Practice

Catalogue; Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the

South Asian Diaspora


Top ten reasons why we are living in the future, Imprint 93; The Lists curated by Liz Glass A collection of reminders, After Words, text on voice, Practice & Practice

Catalogue: Tender Transmissions , Wonderland USA, Fung Collaboratives


Liquid Lattice,Frozen Tears 3, ed. John Russell, Artice Press

Black Hole, Satellite Magazine, issue 2, Independent School of Art



Artist Talks, Presentations and Video


Artist Lecture Series, Thompson Gallery, San Jose State University

Guest Artist, Beyond the Studio Podcast

Artist Panel, Water, Fire ,Earth, McEvoy Foundation, San Francisco

Artist talk, Maine College of Art and Design, Portland, Maine


Artists Talk, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster


In Conversation with Saisha Grayson, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Conversation: Surrealism and It's Legacy with Jodi Roberts and Jonathan Parker, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

Artists talk: ’Making and Unmaking' Tarble Art Center, Southern Illinois University Art Department Video:Extracted: A Trilogy by Ranu Mukherjee, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco


Trilogy Complete, Asian Art Museum San Francisco

Food for Thought, lunchtime lecture series, San Francisco Art Institute stARTup pilot, ACT Strand Theatre, San Francisco

Recent work, Faculty of Color research Alliance, California College of the Arts Extracted Unearthed, Asian Art Museum San Francisco


Video: Collapsing Colonialism with Ranu Mukherjee, KQED Art School

Panel discussion, Art, Technology and Feminism, Dana Library, Douglass College, Rutgers Gallery Conversation

Seeing Time, Time Travelers, with Desiree Holman and Freddy Chandra, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley


An Artist Who Cannot Speak English is No Artist, Asian Contemporary Art Week, Wattis Institute

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Sonoma State College

Interview with Art Speak for Women’s History Month, Bay Area youth for Mutiny Radio


Visiting Artist, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Art History Dept., UC Berkeley Visiting Artist, Topophilia, MFA Program, California College of the Arts


Video: Ranu Mukherjee: Contemporary Nomads, YBCA Bay Area Now 6

Epic Everyday, Graduate Lecture Series, San Francisco Art Institute

Baat Cheet, Asian Art Museum San Francisco

Visiting Artist, Painting to Video, MFA Program, California College of the Arts Discover@Dosa, San FrancArt Table , Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern

Bay Area Now 6 Public Programs organized by Julio Cesar Morales

2010 Kala Fellowship Talk, Kala Art Institute

2008 Panelist, Ilovetheory,don’tyou, Graduate Painting, California College of the Arts




Reviews and Features


5.2019, Critics Pick, Art Forum, 0rphan drift at Telematic

12/8/2018 See migration, its ‘traces, tracks and pathways,’ at MECA

Portland Press Herald

8/18/18 An uncertain approach to political art at di Rosa, San Francisco Chronicle

6/28/18 A Lesson in the Importance of Being Earnest, KQED Arts

10/19/2017 ‘ASU Art Museum’s ‘Soul Mining’ offers insight into forced migration’ The State Press

7/6/2016 ‘Women to Watch’ KQED Arts

5/26/16 ‘Faculty Spotlight: Ranu Mukherjee, Fine Arts’, California College of the Arts

5/2/16 ‘All that Glitters is Gold:Ranu Mukherjee’s Phantasmagoric’, LACMA Unframed 3/17/16 ‘Re-Opening:San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’, Art Practical

1/21/16 ‘Asunder No More, SFAC Gallery Expands and Reopens in Civic Center’ KQED Arts

2/1/16 ‘Asian Art Museum Celebrates South Asia as Part of Golden Jubilee’ , India West 1/4/16 ‘“Extracted”: Indian diaspora artist Ranu Mukherjee at the Asian Art Museum’, Art Radar 12/2/15 ’Ranu Mukherjee Unearths Buried Histories in ‘Extracted’ Trilogy’, KQED Arts

3/19/15 ‘Seeing Time-Time Traveler’, Art Practical

3/6/2015 ‘The Bewitching Geometry of the Moving Image Art Fair’. Hyperallergic 5/15/14 ‘The Talismanic Tetrakaidecahedron #8: Ranu Mukherjee (Quintan Ana Wiskwo)’, Degenerate Art Stream

9/13   ‘Ranu Mukherjee, In the Make’ http://inthemake.com/ranu-mukherjee-2/, 5/5/13 ‘Preview Images from “GRAIN”, a four woman show at Gallery Espace’, BlouinArtInfo 5/13- ‘Grain at Gallery Espace’, First City, New Delhi

9/20/12 ‘Artist Investigates 21st Century Nomads’, Spartan Daily, San Jose State 9/6/12- ‘Artist’s videos evoke dreamy paintings’, San Francisco Chronicle 5/23/12 ‘Interview with Exhibiting Artist Ranu Mukherjee’, SOMArts

8/19/11 ‘September Art Reviews’, SF Weekly 8/17/11 ‘Bay Area Now 6’ , Art Practical

7/30/11 ‘Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous’, California Home and Design 6/17/11 ‘Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous’, Art Practical

6/8/11 ‘Nomadic and Luminous: Ranu Mukherjee at Frey Norris’ ,Daily Serving




Participant, Trinh T Minh-ha  Research Seminar, Wattis Institute


Invitational Salon and word coining, Bureau for Linguistically Reality 2015

Participant, Joan Jonas Research Seminar, Wattis Institute

Program Organizer with Jackie Francis: Epilogue to yogaflogogo, Olivia Mole, Wattis Institute Participant, “Visibility” creative workshop, SFMOMA Public Dialogues

2014 Juror, Kala Fellowship Award, Kala Institute, Berkeley, Ca.

2014-16 VP Programs, Lakeshore PTA, Lakeshore Elementary School

2013 Nominating Committee Member, San Francisco Artist Award, Gallery Wendi Norris 2012

Participant, Artists and Institutions: Common Ground Salon, Mak Center, Los Angeles Juror, Artists in Residence program, Film and Video, Headlands Center for the Arts 2011-12: Chair of Visiting Artist Program, Pacific Primary


Member- artistic, educational and, ecological initiatives- Haiti Support Group, London



2018-19 Interim Chair, Graduate Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, SF

2012-present Associate Professor, Graduate Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, SF

'2013-2015 Assistant Chair MFA Program, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2004-2012 Adjunct Professor, Graduate Fine Arts, California College of the Arts, SF

2011-12 Visiting Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

1994-2002 Lecturer in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London

1998-2002 Lecturer in Fine Art ,University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire

ORPHAN DRIFT www.orphandriftarchive.com 2009-2015


exhibitions, screenings and performance


If AI Were Cephalopod, Telematic, San Francisco (solo)


Still I Rise; Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Nottingham Contemporary and De La Warr Pavilion, UK


Unruly City, Dold Projects, Sankt Georgen im Schwarzweld, Germany (solo)


Matter Fictions, Berardo Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


Alternative 23 visitation, IMT Gallery, London

After Finitude, Sydney Edge of Wrong, Capetown


Schizo-Culture, Space Gallery London

Sounding the Counterfactual, Goldsmiths College, London

Grotto Heavens, CAC Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Voudon, Art, Uprising and Gnosis, Regent Studios, London Get Reassembled,:Time, intelligence,acceleration, P.A.F, France


Death of Rave, CTM Berlin


Hyperstition, Delphi Carstens, TED talks


Virtual Futures 2.0’11, University of Warwick


‘Post-apocalypse’ postcard series for ‘Shadowshop’ Stephaie Syjuco at SF MOMA

Videohole, Noma Gallery San Francisco

2009 Obsidiana, Galeria AFA, Santiago Chile


publications 2012

0(rphan0d(rift>) Cyberpositive, 2nd edition, new intro by Suhail Malik, Cabinet Gallery, London


Renegade Academia, Simon Reynolds for Sound Unbound ed. Paul D. Miller

Apocalypse Hyperstitions, Delphi Carstens, Simulfow, Capetown

Liquid Lattices, Frozen Tears 3, John Russell

0rphan drift 1994-2003 Solo Exhibitions:


Doublewalker, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver


Motion Capture and Mischief, Minimum Existence, London


Technical Support, Artspeak gallery, Vancouver

Carrier, Projectroom, KunstnernesHus, Oslo (Nordraaks Prize Recipient)


Syzygy, Beaconsfield Arts, London (Funded by the Arts Council of England) 1995

0(rphan)d(rift<) ,Cabinet Gallery, LondonAriadne’s Gone Virtual, 30 Underwood Street, London


Video screenings, AV performance and Intervention 1994-2007


Rituals of Vodou, Victoria and Albert Museum, London Raindance Film Festival, London

Jacmel Film Festival-Fondation Sant D'A, Jakmel Haiti

Art Live3, Festival of Contaminations, Turin Sharpening Arrows, Distilling Power, Increasing De- sire, Bang, Capetown

Raindance Film Festival, London

Permanent Autonomous Zone, Horse Hospital, London Video set for AI by Steven Spielberg

Nine Inch Nails ‘Fragile’ Tour USA Rhythm and Stealth Tour ,Europe I

nternational Videoprogramm Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin

curated by Angelika Richter, traveled to Trafo Galerie, Budapest, Badischer Kunstverein, Karls- ruhe and Bunkier Sztuki, KrakowLineaments of the Lwa, ‘Feels Like Vodou

Spirit’ ,October Gallery, London Spiderman , Oberhausen International Short Film Festival,


9006,Raindance Film Festival, London Nerve, I.C.A., London Xchromosomes, Scala, London You It’s Eye’s, Global cafe, London Pressure, Cyberia, London

Bruises, ‘Classic’ ,Beaconsfield Arts, London Orisa Bleed, ‘Thinking Alien’, Leeds University Replicant Vision, ‘Technophobia’ conference, ICA,

London Death Simstim, ‘Virtual Futures2’, Warwick University Orphan drift book launch, Poster Studio, London Possession, 121 Center, London


Group Exhibitions 1995- 2001

Century City, Tate Modern, London Expo-Destructo Poster Studio, London

Martin Commercial Gallery and Atlantis, London

Traveled; Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Maygood Gallery, Newcastle and Galeria Dziekanka, Warsaw- Viper TV         Bank, London and satellite venues

Popoccultural 2 Southampton City Art Gallery

Winkle and his woodland chums Bank, London Post GPO Building Edinburgh

Big Blue, Coins Coffee Store, London

Popoccultural , South London Gallery, London, curated by Cabinet Gallery Charge of the Light Brigade, Bank,

London Cabinet Gallery, San Francisco Art

Fair Hanging Picnic, Factual Nonsense, London


Public Programs and Artist Talks:



Artists Talk, Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver

Interviewee for Vancouver art festival: Zero Degree Monstrosities ; UBC Radio, Vancouver Screening and discussion, Haitian Art Show, October Gallery, London

Artists Talk, Beaconsfield Arts, London


Film presentation and discussion on the maligned vodou religion Caribbean History Month, Goldsmiths College, London

Performance of a Lecture, Thinking Alien Conference, Leeds University

0rphan drift discussion with Michael Archer, Audio Arts Magazine

AV performance Technophobia Conference, Institute of Contemporary Art, London AV Performance, Virtual Futures 2, University of Warwick

Performance of a Lecture, Embodied Knowledges, Goldsmiths College, London

Performance of a Lecture, Out of Control, Royal College of Art, LondonArtists talk, Canterbury College of Art, CanterburyArtists Talk, Goldsmiths College of Art, LondonArtists Talk, Middlesex University, London





Meshed, catacomic Beaconsfields Arts and the Arts Council of England

Hybridized, Video compilation, Beaconsfield and Arts Council of EnglandRadius suck , Vocalist for audio compilation by Ocosi and Kode9


Treatment for Mumbo Jumbo, Intimacy, issue 5


Zone codes i/o/d, Underground Publications on-line and Fringeware Review


0(rphan)d(rift>, cyberpositive novel, Cabinet Editions 1994

YouV gen, Mute Magazine, pilot issue


VJ gigs:1996-05

Viral Lounge, Groovy Troopers, Capetown

Beats for Boobs Fundraiser, 111 Minna, San Francisco RedWhiteandBlue Beach Installation, Campground Santa Cruz

Michael Franti and Spearhead, 9/11 Power to the Peaceful Festival, San Francisco Tipper, DNA Lounge, San Francisco

BTX vs the Catacoombs of Boom, San Francisco Noodle Factory Benefit, Oakland

BTX at Amnesia, San FranciscoLucid,

Soluna and Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco Exotic Erotic, Cow Palace, San Francisco Photek, DNA Lounge, San Franciscood, Milk Bar, Vancouver

Ascension03, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco Boombox Benefit, warehouse, San Francisco Qool, 111 Minna, San Francisco

Video Riot, Transcinema festival, D7/Emarcadero, San Francisco Project Valis, London Bughouse at 291 Gallery, London

Oojami, Barbican center, London,

Babylon, Istanbul

Soundscapes, Belgrade Yard Sound System, Belgrade Raindance Festival Opening, Global Cafe, London Fick, The Drome, London

Internet radio launch, Global Café, London Audiovisual, BAKspace,

LondonJ ungle night, The End, London Silverfish, Cloud9, London Reviews/Essays


Renegade Academia, Simon Reynolds, ‘SOUND UNBOUND’ ed. Paul Miller, MIT Press


Seeing the Beat: Retinal Intensities in Electronic Music Videos, Simon Reynolds, Catalogue Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2000

The Underworld at Kunstnernes Hus, Christian Refsum, BilledKunst, nr.3 Syzygy at Beaconsfield Arts, Jim Flint, Mute Magazine Issue 13


Martin, Pauline Van Mourik Broekman, Mute Magazine


Anteomega, Wave Magazine, Belgium


Beat Regeneration, Jim McClellan, Observer Life Magazine

Sex, Drugs and Remote Control, Dave Beech, The New German critique.no.25 Serotonin Overkill, Tony Marcus, ID Magazine

Time Out