In this week's Playlist we present a selection of videos by our our members that feature rituals.

Johana Hartwig, Si-fi bag slugs, 2015

The mating ritual of the sci-fi bag slug involves a lot of puff and blow.

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Holly Slingsby, The High Places, 2016

This is the first in a series of new video works by Holly Slingsby, where the artist performs in sacred or psuedo-sacred places in an attempt to activate their latent spiritual energies. This work was made in the ruins of three churches in Romney Marshes, and focuses on a priestess character who tries - with various objects and actions - to call these places of worship back to life. Her accoutrements recall the prophetess Miriam, the figure of Justice and the holy virgin Vesta, amongst others. As well as trying to reinvigorate the locations themselves, the work imagines it can channel the ancestral power of these divine women. 

This work was commissioned by Kunst Vardo and supported by Arts Council England.

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Veronique Maria, Rituals, 2014

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Lea Torp Nielsen, Atelier Gestures (Long Lost Futures), 2017

Atelier Gestures (Long Lost Futures) grew out of my studio practice. I made a couple of constructivist hats, to be worn as part of my ‘studio uniform’. Wearing the hat I became aware that I was performing art rather than making it. I became part of the work or rather I performed it. The ritual, the movement, the gesture came into focus. The play, or rather the playing. As the opposite to work. Atelier Gestures (Long Lost Futures) is a film about the journey – as opposed to the goal. It explores our way of being in the world, the traces we leave behind. 

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