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The Brexiteer and La Brexiteuse - Digital Satirical Automata

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The Discombobulated Brexiteer and La Brexiteuse à Petits Talons, were made as companion pieces in 2016. The ‘Brexiteer’ commissioned by the Crafts Council for the Curious Turn exhibition, pre-dates Brexit. ‘La Brexiteuse’ made for Craftspace’s Made in the Middle exhibition, charts post-referendum narratives. Both utilise craftsmanship techniques appropriated from 18th Century English Enamel and combine digital and analogue mechanisms developed during the Parallel Practices residency at KCL.

Keywords

Enamel, narrative, satire, automata, digital

Disciplines

Automata, Metal work

Materials

Metal
The Discombobulated Brexiteer (section)
Photographer: Iona Wolff
‘The Brexiteer’ charts pre Brexit narratives. The automaton features ‘Ghost Handle’; a proximity sensor positioned above the handle means the automaton detects a hand reaching for the handle, automatically switch the machine on.
The Discombobulated Brexiteer
Photographer: Iona Wolff
La Brexiteuse à Petits Talons
Photographer: J. Grayson
‘La Brexiteuse’ depicts post Brexit narratives, both in the UK and across the ‘pond’. The French title is a nod to consternation that Brexit negotiations may not be undertaken in English!
La Brexiteuse à Petits Talons (section)
Photographer: J. Grayson
La Brexiteuse à Petits Talons (section)
Photographer: J. Grayson

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