APPARATUS is a large scale photographic installation, an apparatus for examining the space of interaction between man and animal at the former slaughterhouses of Rome.
The project transforms the over-head tracks for transporting animals through the complex into both the subject and mechanism for documentation.
The view of the floor recorded by a camera mounted on the tracks, and the view of the tracks themselves from the floor, more than 400 images in total, are assembled into two superimposed planimetric views.
The tracks were installed to increase the efficiency with which the carcasses moved through the stages of their ‘transformation’ from animal to meat. The track choreographs alternative sequences of movement through the building to which both man and animal (and now camera) must submit. The mechanization of slaughter casts a long shadow on our definition of ‘human’.