Leslie Thornton has been at the forefront of radical artmaking for over 35 years. Her artistic practice is based upon processes of observation, reaction and manipulation. Through her films she looks at human and technical apparatuses of perception and attention-giving. Sheep Machine II is a collaborative reconfiguration by Richards and Thornton of the video Sheep Machine Binocular (2011) into a conveyor belt formation of images and texts that grind across each other. The work draws upon a shared fascination with a logic of displacement, situated within a rift between the mechanical, the pastoral, and the word. This work, conceived to be shown in dialogue with James Richard’s individual piece, is a way of exploring alternative ways of seeing both in space and through time.


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