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United Matters
Sophie Huckfield

Break The Frame

3D viewing room
3 wooden human puppets sit on top of 3 metal stand
Sophie Huckfield
This project is part of United Matters

A moving-image work and installation which Incorporates contemporary and traditional craft processes such as puppetry, a hacked CNC machine and a musical score as a tool to deconstruct the narratives around ‘progress’ in relation to precarious labour practices and technological development.

In September 2019 my dad was made redundant. From a company he had worked at for 43 years. It was a matter of circumstance. A product of ‘progress’. This is not a new story. It is one replayed again and again throughout history. Those who do not step away in the relentless pursuit of progress are considered regressive and against the inevitable order. We treat our objects, our tools and our machines like we treat people. Once their productivity enhancing capacity is made redundant, their worth and their ‘value’ is gone.
Can storytelling and craft be utilised as tools to deconstruct and challenge the story of progress? With each wave of technological progress, the same stories, reactions and resistances re-emerge. Beyond the veil of innovation is an old story, this story must be challenged and the tools to hand co-opted to question the narrative we are told to follow. Examining the past, present and future of UK labour practices, technological development and efficiency. This moving image piece incorporates contemporary and traditional craft processes: a musical score, puppetry, open source technology and stop motion to deconstruct the narratives around ‘progress’.