Within the Wake is an ensemble of sculpture, sound and video that draws inspiration from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Recalibrated artefacts and mechanisms are animated with ethereal sounds and robotic voices, creating a timeline of momentum that stretches between Britain’s industrial revolution and the post-industrial present. Liz Wilson introduces humans and machines as both the “conductor” and “orchestra” by identifying how these performative roles manifest during the process of manufacturing. Site visits catalysed research that examines fluctuating relationship between humanity and technology.
Image Credits: Liz Wilson, Within the Wake, (2022). Multi-channel video installation. Dimensions variable. 4 min. Commissioned by ‘Art in Manufacturing’ for the National Festival of Making.