The Potential of Recombinant Bodies (2014) invites dialogue on the changing position of the individual within society. The work uses four 35mm slide projectors and an electric motor-driven rotating disk shutter to animate early twentieth century images of the Tiller Girls performing their ‘precision dance’. In their synchronous and repetitive routine the dancers were compared to the Ford production line, anticipating a body stripped of individuality, race, genealogy and origin, an artificial and composite body fit for the industrial age.

Projection still, The Potential of Recombinant Bodies, Ctrl-c Exhibition, 2014, The Crypt, Bristol.

Looped video of projection, no sound

Four prepared 35mm slides, four Kodak Carousel slide projectors, rotating card shutter, motor and controller, MDF painted cabinet and plinth.

Installation view, Ctrl-c Exhibition, 2014, The Crypt, Bristol.

Installation view, Ctrl-c Exhibition, 2014, The Crypt, Bristol.

Installation view, Ctrl-c Exhibition, 2014, The Crypt, Bristol.

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