This is something that I have been lucky enough to develop more recently. Initially, I began using motorised elements as a way to break the expectations of permanence that people have around monuments. But, as I mentioned before, I’ve become more interested in bringing narrative into the sculptures, and the use of animatronic elements has been one way of doing that. For example, in Until You see the Whites of their Eyes, a recent piece for the show Hope is Strong at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, three heads sing together a cartoonish medley of victoriously bombastic final overtures from colonial films. They glorify the idea of the British overcoming the odds to defeat (either in battle or morally) a non-white threat. On a loop, the animatronic heads run through songs from films like Zulu, Guns of Batasi, Storm Over the Nile, etc. Through the traumatically torn faces and the childish style of singing, the pomp of victory is turned instead into a pathetic, meaningless grandstanding of a nationalistic narrative.