Machine Space (Stephen Connolly, 2016)

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British filmmaker Stephen Connolly uses the city of Detroit—its economic and social history as well as its urban design—to explore the larger question of how space is constructed. Present-day images of Detroit, fractured and reflected through a car windshield, are combined with historical images, the voices of residents, and footage of a family playing the board game Life. The driving force of capitalism is revealed, and so great is its influence that space itself becomes a product—one shaped by inhabitation, spatial negotiation, and racial privilege. (38 mins., video)

The production of Machine Space was supported by the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio Program, the focus of this month’s Picture Lock festival screening April 7–8.

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