The Soft Machine is a quarterly, seasonal exhibition showcasing photographers whose work operates in the intersection of fashion, art and film.
Each exhibition is organised around the theme of the body, or “The Soft Machine”, and how it is used in fashion, film and art to construct culture, to comment on it, and create the narratives and ideals that shape the psycho-social identity of people in a given place - here in Cape Town, in South Africa and Africa at large.
What the project aims at is to promote relevant, self-conscious and original local photographic work in both a local and an international context, and to promote a culture of introspection and self-awareness around fashion, art and film.
As with the book by William S. Burroughs, from which The Soft Machine takes its name, the exhibitions are focused on how control mechanisms invade the body, how the body is used itself as a mechanism of control, and the associated issues of sexuality, sensuality and transience.
It is with this in mind that that the spring exhibition centers loosely on character, narrative and the transience of identity.