The difference within the repetition
Commissioned by Mustang to showcase the human factor behind their production chain, 'N' digs into the relationship we establish with our tools
The project focuses around the skin of both, workers and their tools, relating the machines that manipulate the leather (main material used at the factory) to the operators that control them.
I spent a few days on the factory, taking close-up pictures of machines and body parts: humanized machines that seem to pose for a classic portrait and pictures of bodies treated as machines of an assembly line; focusing on specific elements and how its surface, its skin, has deteriorated over time by repeating the same action.
To link both, humans and machines, I coded a piece of software to create skin-like patterns.
The drawings were used to create an unique cover for the books, showcasing each one of them a different pattern on its surface.
After “n” times, after an incessant repetition of the same action … when the reason of it disappears, time is the only difference that gives it meaning.
It is in the subtle details of how time has eroded the surface where we perceive reality.
It is in the skin, where both the operator and the machine will reveal what happens there and how it happens.
Time vanishes in routine, and it’s in the details of how the machine ages where the differences that make it unique get revealed.
Machines get customized by their operators for a more fluent relationship, but as the same time, the operator eventually shows traits of that relationship and the price paid for repeating the same action thousands of times.
Such unnoticed details are the key to understand what happens there and how it did happen.