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The Machinery Installation

  • Date: 20th March 2020 - 15th April 2020
  • Every day
  • Location: The Hive at the New Standard Works ,
    43-47 Vittoria Street,
    Jewellery Quarter,
    Birmingham B1 3PE
  • Time: 10:00 - 15:30
  • Cost: FREE

The Machinery is an immersive audio-visual installation capturing the earliest known machine dance. Join us for Birmingham's first ever showing, in the city's industrial heart.

The dance performed by Caroline Radcliffe and captured by filmmaker Jon Harrison is augmented with the sounds and movements of the Industrial Revolution’s textile industries by composer and digital artist Sarah Angliss, evoking the working conditions of the 19th century factory worker with those of the 21st century call centre worker.

Free Entry. Opening times: Monday to Friday: 10am-3.30pm Saturday weekend openings; 10am-1pm: 21 & 28 March, 4 April Saturday 11 April. Open 10am-3pm Join Caroline Radcliffe for a family clog dance workshop 11am-12pm and a Meet the Artist event 12-2pm.

“…a brilliant 2016 film called the Machinery by Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss in which the former performs a heel-and-toe clog dance that was once tapped out daily by female workers in Victorian cotton mills. Industry turned them into automata, almost. The dancer resembles a latterday Coppélia.” The Guardian, 29 June 2018 “One of the standout pieces of the exhibition is the collaboration of Caroline Radcliffe and Sarah Angliss in The Machinery. It was inspired by women working in 19th century Lancashire mills who devised a clog dance to directly mimic repetitive sounds and movements of cotton mill machines. The ‘heel and toe’ clog dance is juxtaposed with a modern-day call centre. Mesmerising and melodic, it taps into the debates of how technology can dehumanise the workplace.” The Observer, 30 June 2018.

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