past exhibition | Denis Ex Machina: Alex Pearl | 1 December 2016 - 22 January 2017
Denis Ex Machina: Alex Pearl The Deus ex Machina was a theatrical apparatus first used by Aeschylus and Euripides.

Although it has become a literary device it originally had an entirely mechanical form. It usually took the shape of a crane (mecane) or other machanical device used to bring a god onto the stage.
Deployed to dig the story out of a plot hole, the machina made a conscious break in the narrative and, in order to create a god, a sort of theatrical cyborg was brought to life.

The Deus ex Machina relies upon the smooth operation of its component parts. But what happens when things break down?
For this exhibition Alex Pearl has constructed a series of stangely human machines which exist on the cusp of function and breakdown.

Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, games, photographs and books. He is currently studying for a Phd (Manchester Metropolitan University and FACT).