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Working Hard, 2018
collaboration with
Giuseppe Romagno

9 minutes

Working Hard is a short film that highlights the hand gestures of people performing activities of leisure: rolling a cigarette, drawing, playing video games, knitting, and djing. By omitting the objects used in these rituals, the action happening is not immediately evident to the viewer, requiring concentration on the gestures and sounds. This piece gives attention to the skill and muscle memory acquired by performing activities that one loves to do. The music from the DJ set then becomes the soundtrack for the activities, allowing the viewer to match the gestures to the rhythm of the beat and share in the pleasure of performing the ritual. This piece was made in collaboration with Giuseppe Romagno during Workplaatz ISIA Summer School in Urbino, Italy.