THE WORK OF MACHINES
DOCUMENTARY | DV | 38 MINUTES | 2010
Poland. A typical industrial town. Here begins “The Work of Machines”. This dance was created in 1968 to celebrate the Factory. Following the memories, it was possible to recreate the forgotten dance. This reconstruction becomes a time vehicle to the past, allowing for a trip to the era where production was supposed to mean a happy life.
STOCZNIA (shipyard) juxtapose the utopia of industrial time with the current reality within the space of a highly symbolic shipyard that saw the birth of the Solidarnosc movement which, in the 1980s, toppled the communist system. It draws its inspiration from contemporary worker movements and the current state of local industry, which vacillates together with market fluctuations.
This work constitutes a choreographical dictionary, which is not only the archive of a physical and motorized memory of the Gdańsk Shipyard but, also, an attempt at an emotional, non-verbal communication with its current, unstable condition.
Collective formed in 2008 that experiments with film, video, its production, its forms of writing, narratives and montages. Their theoretical vision intertwines the fictional and the real, taking its shape by the empirical practice of the image. Their filmic objects are shown in cinema’s screenings as well as in the form of video installation.
Gilles Lepore, 1972 (CH), graphic designer and illustrator, filmmaker, graduated from art school in Biel / Bienne (CH)
Maciej Madracki, 1984 (PL), filmmaker, graduate of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, PL) and Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School (Katowice, PL)
Michal Madracki 1979 (PL), writer – filmmaker, graduated from the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, PL).