Thursday, March 30, 2006


Ellan is the DJ she chooses 'Swimming Song' by Kate and Anna Mcgarrigle.

Ritual no 37: Look up the steps for hula hula in a book, practice them on a prominent bridge - think of Esther Williams

G – You mentioned it was interesting to practice rather than perform the hula dance steps in the ritual.

E- The fact that I had to look them up, then try to remember them, combined with the fact that I was dancing barefoot (as per the instructions for hula) made it a physically difficult task which I was concentrating on; I don't know whether you can see from the film that I’m smiling - but even that was a task rather than a performance or a spontaneous display of emotion - the hula instructions specified that you had to smile, and roll your eyes in the direction in which you're moving; plus, according to your instructions, I was trying to remember to think of Esther Williams as well, so both my mental and physical activity is defined and accounted for from the outset..

G- However there becomes interruptions in the steps sometimes, in the rules, an unsure move or an awkwardness, an unsmoothness. The possibility that the hula steps could become “found” evidence interests me. That rituals can include raw data?

E-I want to make works that are more like crime scenes or archaeological sites - a richness and density of subject and ideas, clues and traces which may resonate with a viewer. The rituals are an exploration of context - viewed as a film they can seem quite abstract; the addition of the song suggests a narrative, or an emotional content - and then the text which describes the actions of the ritual takes it back to a purely mechanistic level – it functions as both closed and open narrative.

G- a form of response to context? - a movement between author, reader, text, and intertext.

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Open and Closed spaces
Open and Closed spaces