Variations On A Sewing Machine | Natalia Beylis and Michelle Doyle at The Complex


Variations On A Sewing Machine | Natalia Beylis and Michelle Doyle at The Complex Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/05/2022
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Complex





Following her Variations On A Sewing Machine EP (2021), which was recorded on a domestic sewing machine using contact microphones and effects pedals, musician and sound artist Natalia Beylis was commissioned by Kerry Guinan to develop a graphic score in response to The Red Thread. In this reflective event marking the end of the show’s 6-day run, Beylis will be joined by artist and musician Michelle Doyle to perform the score on the industrial sewing machines in The Red Thread installation.

Please note that The Red Thread will not be live during this performance: catch it before it ends at 1.30pm that day.

This is a free event but capacity is limited, arrive in a timely fashion to avoid disappointment.


The Red Thread is a monumental new production and limited ephemeral performance created by Kerry Guinan with an international team of collaborators. It will take place May 4th – 10th at The Complex Gallery, Dublin as part of the ‘Art Factory’ programme.

For 6 performances only, from 8am – 1.30pm, an installation of industrial sewing machines will be activated live in The Complex. The kinetic installation appears to be self-operating, but there are puppeteers in hiding. Over 8,000 kilometers away, in Bengaluru, India, workers in a textiles factory press upon the foot pedals of their sewing machines. Their incidental choreography is reproduced precisely – and in real time – by the installation in The Complex, with the support of original networked technology. The resulting performative installation overcomes vast distances to facilitate moments of human encounter between people at opposite ends of supply chains, making visceral the extraordinary scale, and underlying humanity, of the globalised economy. This unique live event takes place over six days and is never to be restaged. Please take note of the special gallery opening hours (from 8am – 1.30pm daily), which are congruent with the working hours of the participating textile workers in Bengaluru.


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