Weaving the Future

This film was made for Weaving the Future, a multi-media exhibition produced by Tim Smith that explores how Britain’s textile industry is being reinvented for the 21st century. It showcases the work of Balbir Singh Dance Company and Dance United…

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This film was made for Weaving the Future, a multi-media exhibition produced by Tim Smith that explores how Britain’s textile industry is being reinvented for the 21st century.

It showcases the work of Balbir Singh Dance Company and Dance United Yorkshire. They perform movements inspired by textile workers and machinery, interwoven with footage of textile processes and a sound track of industrial recordings mixed with music made in response to the audio visual rhythms of textile production.

Wool and cotton fuelled the world’s first industrial revolution. A new revolution now employs a vast range of fibres to create a dizzying mixture of innovative products: heart valves and replacement knee cartilage, high tech vehicles and buildings, as well as clothes and furnishings, are all now made from materials spun and woven using textile technologies.

Weaving the Future also explores the link between our analogue and digital worlds; the binary systems that once drove textile looms led to the development of computer programming.

Filmed and Directed by Tim Smith with editing by Chris Squire the film was first shown alongside photographs and textiles in the extraordinary Roof Space at Salts Mill. Projected onto multiple layers of translucent fabric it was part of an exhibition commissioned by the 2019 Saltaire Festival. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England the exhibition and/or film are now available for tour.

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