The Revolutionary Machine

3 channel digital video with single channel of audio.
10.45 minutes, 2014.

The Revolutionary Machine draws on a period of research into the textile and garment industry in Bangladesh, as artist in residence at Britto Arts Trust in Dhaka. The title is drawn from Marx’s writing on the textile factories of industrial revolution Britain, in which the “decisively revolutionary machine” was the sewing machine. Through a combination of image, sound, and voice the work advances the inescapable materiality of digital and networked technology, and how these technologies depend in so many ways on labouring bodies.

Production supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council, Britto Arts Trust and Galway Arts Centre.

Images as installed in Galway Arts Centre in the two person show, The Ghost in the Machine, with Marianne Keating in September 2014.