The Fictional Machine


Location: Canterbury


The Fictional Machine focuses on ways in which space can be defined in relation to the body through mechanical devices that ‘temper’ it and/or condition the ways in which it is used. Working in a pair, we created two fictional machines, Flux, which is a handheld machine and Flux II an upgraded, suspended version. 


The concept of the machines was revolved around ‘mental space’. The name Flux is in reference to its’ definition, ‘constant flowing changes’. When the mood is detected, the machine will change the users mood to the extreme opposite using lights from the bulbs. For example, if the user was sad, the machine would make them extremely happy so that the user would start to enthusiastically jump up and down in space. Certain moods will change movements of how human interacts with space. 


The initial first small fictional machine, Flux, contained a control panel that resembled a technical heart. Therefore, as the concept was mental space, my section was drawn creatively using internal organs as the machine. The idea that organs represents a significant part of us that keeps humans going as machines, that are also personal and cannot be seen links back to the concept of mentality. By producing a stop motion video, we was able to communicate the instant change in mood and represent the new behaviour and relationship in regards to how the user differs with their new mood in using the space.


Link to video

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