factory head | mixed media construction with looped sound recording | approx. 24 x 16 x 11 inches | 2011

worn in the live performance 'the carbuncle procedure' at the museum of contemporary art detroit

factory head
RYAN STANDFEST factory head

RYAN STANDFEST factory head

RYAN STANDFEST factory head

"ballad of the factory head"
Forced from the head, out through the mouth. Dispelling and dispensing. Three of nine manifestations— with smoke, with speech, with vomit, come together. The combo evolves— man sprouts a head in place of a head gone bad. A FACTORY HEAD! New head emerges from the start of work. When the maker man enacts the circle of production— rot is fixed, made neat, to hold its own again. It is the Factory Head. Man is concerned with material— making new substance, making a repository, making a model, making a story, making the world. F-A-C-T-O-R-Y H-E-A-D! When work is done for the doing, the bliss of manufacturing. FACTORY HEAD! Fueled by action and reaction— bandage and the match, opening and closing wound, striking and extinguishing flame; healing and burning, bleeding and warming. Inside the head little seed pits ossify, link together with pools of the primary glue, going round and round the working self-- just like putrefaction battery-powered gutterfat. F-A-C-T-O-R-Y H-E-A-D! With this Factory Head, man makes himself Again and again.
12 minutes, 28 seconds

sound by jennifer paull / voice + text by ryan standfest
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