Useless Machines

A Film by Kialy Tihngang, United Kingdom, 2021

Original Title Useless Machines
Country of Production United Kingdom
Year of Production 2021
Running Time 2'10"
Language No dialogue
Textile design, set design, direction and styling by Kialy Tihngang
Starring Buom Tihngang
Assistance from Akiko Smith and Eben Dombay-Williams
Music by Hugh Kelly
Edited by Iona Rose Wheeler

2021, Bury Art Museum & Sculptural Centre, The Next Thing Award, Final Three
2021, ARTS THREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2021 in collaboration with Gucci - Shortlist: Digital, Visual Communication and Film
2021, The Newbery Medal - Top Undergraduate Student at The Glasgow School of Art


A darkly humorous glance at the pressing environmental and neocolonialist concern of environmental dumping. "Useless Machines" is a spoof infomercial selling a collection of pointless fabric-covered laser-cut robots. It comments on the masses of electronic waste dumped in the global south due to rampant overproduction and overconsumption in the global north.

Name Kialy Tihngang
Kialy (b. 1994) is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and designer, working in textiles and the moving image. Based in Glasgow, she creates unique visuals that combine esoteric colours, materials and textures. Costume and animation inform their practice, which combines and contrasts hand and digital techniques.

Student @ Glasgow School of Art

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