The Factory (bad Machines)

Susana Anágua
August 25th – 10 pm

Curator: Jean-François Chougnet | Session: Open Call – Selected Videos

“The Factory (Bad Machines)” 2019, is a video taken on a small beach in the city of Colónia Del Sacramento, Uruguay, after crossing the Rio del la Plata from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Physical borders that became metaphors through an image of frantic ants also crossing space. In editing, it made sense to put together some of the dialogues from Alan Parker’s Midnight Express (1978) movie.

Can a man’s behaviour be compared or even explained by a physical and scientific phenomenon like entropy?

In 1978, Alan Parker directed the hit film entitled “Midnight Express” and at a certain point in the film, a man is sentenced to 4 years in prison in Turkey for using and possessing drugs that would be legalised in another country. In one of the scenes the character, Billy, is placed in the prison’s panopticon where everyone walks clockwise around a wheel.

Billy starts to go against the flow, bumping into everyone who comes in the opposite direction, even when another person tries to persuade him, telling that he’s wrong way.

From order to chaos, geographic and human borders are suggested in this video by the movement of ants, small insects working in a factory at rush hour, as in the metaphor of the movie, if any ant moves in the opposite direction it will establish disorder, increase effort community and increase the value of Entropy.


Date:August 25th
Author:Susana Anágua
Curator: Jean-François Chougnet

Works selected by the curator:


Sofia Arriscado & Costanza Givone


Helena Inverno, Verónica Castro & Bouchra Ouizguen