The Fate of the Machinery
Fate of the Machinery exists in iterations. In the first installation was in 2015 at 9338 Campau Gallery in Detroit, during which I also presented a scroll, combining transcripts from my family’s various conversations about class, race, segregation and deindustrialization, photographs and ephemera. Hung as a draft on the gallery wall across from the ephemera installation, visitors were invited to write thoughts and interventions directly on the manuscript. The installation also featured a conversation series about topics connected to the economics of deindustrialization.
The second installation will take place at Saginaw Valley State University in 2023, and explores the impact of industrialization and deindustrialization on bodies, the transition from an industrial to an illness economy and the contrasting experiences of aging across race and class, including that of my own family. The project also contains an ongoing series of photographs of former auction sites.
“Lot Tags,” Fate of the Machinery Installation Detail at Saginaw Valley State University, 2023. “Lot Tags” is based on how machinery is categorized at industrial auctions. When an auction sale is conducted, each item is tagged and sold as a “lot.” The quotes on the back of each lot tag are drawn from oral histories of former factory workers.
Elder Care Facilities and Former Factories around Saginaw, MI, 2023, silent video projection
Factory Workers and Health Care Workers, 2023, ambient audio loop comprised of interviews with individuals who have worked in factories, health care facilities or both. Interviewees: Janie Irvine, Jerry Gerardo, Mark Simms and Rosyln Walker
Special thanks to the SEIU Michigan.