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The Machinery is an immersive audio-visual installation capturing the earliest known machine dance.

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.

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.

About the Artists Caroline Radcliffe is a theatre maker, musician and theatre historian. She performs nationally and internationally and is a senior lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. She is also a clog dancer, taught by Pat Tracey, specialising in the East Lancashire ‘heel-and-toe’ style of dance. Radcliffe danced with Tracey’s clog team, ‘Camden Clog’.

Sarah Angliss is a composer, performer, sound historian and robotic artist. Her composition combines ancient instruments with electronics, field recordings and her own robotic creations. Her music often explores the uncanny, the automaton and the connections between folklore and early machines. Sarah performs live and creates music for theatre, film and installations - her work has been heard throughout Europe and the USA.

Jon Harrison is a filmmaker and creative director of Lovebytes Digital Arts. He has been involved in digital arts for over 25 years, commissioning and producing a wide range of innovative projects combining creative technology, arts education, heritage and digital preservation. He has recently produced films for Bradford Museums and Galleries, National Arts Education Archive and the Children’s Media Conference and co-founded of the Algomech Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement in 2016.

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