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. While there, I researched both the domestic and international garment industry, documenting visits to textile factories and sari weaving mills across the Dhaka division. I draw a series of intuitive visual connections across all three screens of the installation between the development of computing technology and the first machines of mass production: the sewing machine and loom. 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.

Exhibited in The Ghost in the Machine, 2 person show with Marianne Keating, Galway Arts Centre, 2014.