hand game, 2002
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In Hand Game two women face each other as though a mirror reflection. They play a synchronized clapping game that requires a communicative coordination. The innocence of this adolescent activity is replaced with a passive-aggressive intent. The women add a new move into the routine by slapping one another in the face. The characters perform this activity with an eerie apathy. Unlike most competitive games, Hand Game’s ultimate goal is to achieve an infinite level of coordination. The continuous loop allows the characters to perpetuate the rhythmic action eternally. The use of slow motion produces visual trails from the hands and a reverberating sound from the clapping. This aids in transforming the game into a haunting and monotonous fixation.

all images © Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann 2000-2007