Taking on the dungeon-like qualities of Tramway’s T4 Theatre, Jenkin van Zyl creates a new immersive installation comprising both sculpture and video built out of the remnants of decommissioned airplanes.
Machines of Love, the ambitious new film at the centre of the installation, is a hallucinogenic horror which lures us beneath a decaying Viking film set into a casino of buried aircrafts, continuing van Zyl’s process of guerrilla filmmaking in abandoned Hollywood film sets.
A sextet of ghouls arrive here on the promise of a Good Fantasy; setting in motion an erotic game of destruction and renewal. Caught in the Machines’ lottery of role-play, they breed cakes of their own likeness into the fuselage: a rush of passion that ends, inevitably, in a grisly conclusion.
Attentive to the mutability and rotation of roles, the film free-falls through the terror, excitement, panic, and anticipation held within self-creation in a rumination on the enduring power and politics of fantasy.
Machines of Love (2020/1) is a film directed by Jenkin van Zyl, starring Alex Margo Arden as Number 97, Emmanuel Awuni as Number 29, Kevin Brennan as Number 163, Danielle Goldman and Eugenia Shishkina as Number 2, Slid Needham as Number 310 and Ted Rodgers as Number 237 (with snow Number 237 played by Jenkin van Zyl).
With editing, sound, set, costume and camera operation by Jenkin van Zyl, cakes by Magda Viljoen, title from the short story ‘Machines of Love’ by Brittany Newell and made with special thanks to the assistance on set by Liv Preston, Magda Viljoen and Betsie van Zyl.
Commissioned by Glasgow International and supported by Henry Moore Foundation, the Royal Academy Schools, the Artists’ Collecting Society, the Horse Hospital, David Palmer and Amanda Wilkinson, with on-location filming in Iceland facilitated by the Stannus Grey Robinson travel prize
Machines of Love (2020/1) is a 40-minute film and screens at the following times:
10.30am / 11.20am / 12.10pm / 1.00pm / 1.50pm / 2.40pm / 3.30pm / 4.20pm / 5.00pm
Please note that this video installation includes sexual content, scenes of a violent nature and strobe lighting effects. Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions.
No booking necessary, QR codes on entry.