God the Mechanical Mother Reading List

February 23 2024, by Brooke Pou

God the Mechanical Mother is an exhibition of extraction and post-metaphysical effluvia. Kat Lang experiments with primordial and time-bound materiality, and offers a deconstructed ontotheological study into the implications of meaning and uncertainty.

God the Mechanical Mother installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

God the Mechanical Mother installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Lenny van Rosmalen, Luijk L., M. P. C. M., &  F. C. P Horst, “Harry Harlow's pit of despair: Depression in monkeys and men.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, vol 58, 2022, pp.204–222.

          This article reflects on Harry Harlow’s mental state during his infamous experiments on rhesus monkeys in the 1960s—1970s. The authors question how the recently unearthed notes Harlow made—chronicling his severe depression and stay in a mental hospital—may help to explain why he continued with these animal experiments.

Nicholas Bourriaud, Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World. New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002.

          Bourriaud’s theories on relational aesthetics and postproduction delves into various art histories and appropriations, questioning the state of the art world in a time of constant activity based on the collective idea of sharing.

Pharmakon, “Pharmakon live at MOCAD.” Youtube, uploaded by Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit-MOCAD, 21 January 2015.


Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, “The A.I. Dilemma.” Youtube, uploaded by Center for Humane Technology, 9 March 2023.


Walter Benjamin, Edmund Jephcott, Rodney Livingstone, and Howard Eiland, The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.

          This collection of essays takes Benjamin’s well-known “Work of Art” as its starting point. From here, the various authors detail their thoughts on modern media and culture in art, film, literature and more. 

Eyal Weizman and Shourideh Molavi, “The World’s Most Terrifying Spyware | Investigators.” Youtube, uploaded by VICE News, 3 October 2021.