ritual studies

2006-2010
Ross Island, Antarctica

During the Austral summers from 2006-2008, I repeatedly visited the same geographic location, an expansive ice sheet, on Ross Island in Antarctica.  Concurrently National Science Foundation research teams surveyed this area to collect data on global climate change.  Paralleling the scientific data collection processes, I utilized performative ritual to monitor this dynamic, yet seemingly barren antarctic landscape. My body became the marker and recorder time.  The following short shaky video clips and photographic stills document some of these performative actions from the vantage point of the performer.  With the help of collaborators, Tara Kramer and Nicholas Romano, this ritual continued from 2008-2010.