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Simon Robson’s Ghost In The Machine Reveals This Century’s Misdemeanours

Nature is a delicate machine, we are clogging it up.

Simon Robson: ‘Ghost in The Machine’ is a 3D animated film that comments upon mankind’s interference with nature via waste, the result of unabated capitalist consumption. Plastic, once heralded as the ‘miracle material’, becomes a ghostly and malevolent influence in the film. The animating fish sculpture, the central protagonist of the film, moves in beautiful undulating sin waves until plastic bags invade and clog its machinery.

The fish sculpture has a brutalist design that speaks to the idea that for so long, mankind has seen the oceans as their trash can that can absorb whatever they throw in it. Only now in the 21st century, we are truly seeing the full impact of our misdemeanours.

The central ambition of the ‘Ghost in The Machine’ is to provide a critical appraisal of the invasion of the seas by plastic. The film aims to open the audience’s eyes to the plight of the oceans, with a completely novel approach to narrative and aesthetic.


Direction / animation: Simon Robson (north boy south)

Sound design & score: Gavin Little (Echolab)

Images with courtesy of Simon Robson


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