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Six Scintillating Sinners (In Vitro)

 

Installation view comprising of

preserved cakes, fridges, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, airplane fuselage,

theatre scenery and torches. 

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In Vitro (Number 237) 

 

Detail of preserved cake inside fridge.

In Vitro (Number 310) 

 

Preserved cake, fridge, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, torch. 

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In Vitro (Number 310) and In Vitro (Number 237)

 

Preserved cakes, fridges, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, torch. 

In Vitro (Number 163) and In Vitro (Number 2)

 

Preserved cakes, fridges, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, torch. 

In Vitro (Number 29) and In Vitro (Number 97)

 

Preserved cakes, fridges, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, torch. 

In Vitro (Number 163) 

 

Detail of preserved cake inside fridge.

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In Vitro (Number 97) 

 

Detail of preserved cake inside fridge.

In Vitro (Number 29) 

 

Preserved cake, fridge, seatbelts, PVC 

plumbing, balls, cake mix, jerry cans,

mirrored perspex, torch. 

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Machines of Love 

Installation view 

4k single channel film projection (40 minutes)

Boeing 747 fuselage and theatre staging

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Machines of Love (2020/1) is a hallucinogenic horror which lures us beneath a decaying Viking film set into a casino of buried aircrafts, continuing Jenkin van Zyl’s process of guerrilla filmmaking in abandoned Hollywood film sets. A sextet of ghouls arrive here on the promise of a Good Fantasy, setting in motion an erotic game of destruction and renewal.

 

Caught in the Machines’ lottery of role-play, they breed cakes of their own likeness into the fuselage: a rush of passion that ends, inevitably, in a grisly conclusion. Attentive to the mutability and rotation of roles, the film free-falls through the terror, excitement, panic, and anticipation held within self-creation in a rumination on the enduring power and politics of fantasy.

Machines of Love is a film directed by Jenkin van Zyl, starring Alex Margo Arden as Number 97, Emmanuel Awuni as Number 29, Kevin Brennan as Number 163, Danielle Goldman and Eugenia Shishkina as Number 2, Slid Needham as Number 310 and Ted Rodgers as Number 237 (with snow Number 237 played by Jenkin van Zyl.) With editing, sound, set, costume and camera operation by Jenkin van Zyl, cakes by Magda Viljoen, title from ‘Machines of Love’ by Brittany Newell, and made with special thanks to the assistance on set by Liv Preston, Magda Viljoen and Betsie van Zyl.

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