Machine confessions

site specific sound installation

2022

In one of the confessional booths of a former convent, the Convento de Santo António dos Capuchos in Guimaraes (PT), I placed sound recordings of a local industrial weaving mill. Instead of a human being we can now sit and listen to the sounds of modern textile machines. The sinner has been replaced by a machine and this talks about the absence of humans/ manual labor which has been replaced by machines. On the other side the noise of these machines is also an expression of their almost violent speed and the problems this has created. In a way these sounds are confessions of industrial sins like pollution, global warming and colonial contexts and also include stories like that of the Luddites, who got punished by hanging for smashing the textile machines that threatened their livelihood.

Last image: recording at factory