2007, 06:00 minutes, colour, English
The starting point for THREADS is an aspect of Sandra Vida's family history -- her ancestors who worked in the Glasgow cotton mills and shipyards in the mid-19th century and their relation to global trends and events. A meditation on the hidden stories behind the progress of industry and commerce.
The installation makes reference to the cotton industry via a long suspended bolt of cotton fabric across the gallery space at about waist height. Concealed fans gently ripple the fabric. Two linked projections are seen (water, machinery, cotton fields, walls) flowing across the fabric accompanied by sounds of machinery, flowing water, creaking ships and women's voices singing in Gaelic. A second video image is projected within a framed section of the back wall of the exhibition space, sowing hands lighting candles and touching, handling and sorting cotton filaments and fabric.
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