Fragile Machines (2019)

Director: Derek Johnson, Luke Smithers

Official Selection 2019

Fragile Machines (2019)

Fragile Machines is  an independent art film which tells the story of a married couple and the  affairs that make their relationship irreparable. The film follows a  non-linear, gestural narrative—shifting between seasons, homes, oceans and  embraces fluidly and rapidly. The movement direction follows a form of  contemporary dance: contact improvisation. Because of this improvisational  quality, the film began completely formless and was born out of the  discoveries the cast and myself made together and then let evolve over the  course of the two years.  Also central  to the work is a muddling of the line between the organic and the inorganic:  the question of the extent to which our seemingly-innermost desires—most  notably, our longing for human contact—is stilted. To that end, three  international artists working in wearable sculpture were commissioned to  create pieces that envision a world in which myth and science coexist  harmoniously, a world in which machines caress, dance, aid and restrict.

Director: Derek Johnson, Luke Smithers

United States

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