stephen connolly // projects // machine space


Moving Image as a 'production of space' (Lefebvre) >

Machine Space is a film that explores Detroit as a place that has transitioned from the production of machines to the production of spaces. The city is constructed as a space through movement and circulation in moving image. The film is concerned with an apprehension of the world - the perceptive, cognitive and emotive response to our material surroundings.

These pages show the spatial-visual research informing the work -

> Machine Space is the surface area of a city devoted to vehicles. In the film, it's a metaphor for a cinematic investigation Detroit as a space of movement and circulation.

> The traces of racial and financial discrimination scar the landscape of Detroit. The 1939 Residential Security Map is projected onto the contemporary city, showing neighbourhoods refused finance.

> A panorama of the downtown is visualised by camera/vehicle. A layered perspective of a space of finance and corporate power, the route traces the discriminatory mapping of the landscape.

> Is an audience complicit in the configuation of land use and residence in Detroit? A staging of a popular board game - an analogy for the framing of the space of the city - mirrors on screen the spatial arrangement of the cinema auditorium.

Research for Machine Space (Stephen Connolly 2016) & PhD by Practice, University of Kent