Taotie is an automated installation project – a machine producing moving images by projecting shadows. The project draws its influences from pre-cinema, notably 18th century phantasmagoria, of which it is a contemporary and technological reinterpretation.
Taotie is an immersive and continuous performance that questions the social and environmental implications of a new paradigm by delving into the bowels of the «Dark Factory», an automated factory in which natural and artificial light is superfluous, as no one works there.
The night has always been the space-time of rest and sleep, but this model seems to be disrup- ted today. The instant connectivity of the world, the decentralisation of the economy, the speed of distribution and delivery centers, the adoption of teleworking are pushing towards a fragmentation of activity time, a desynchronisation of the body with society and with what it produces.