hopscotch revisited (2017)
Interactive sound installation. Concept, text, and production: Maru Mushtrieva
hopscotch revisited maps itself as a life simulation device on the old school game and practices finding predictions in any narrative. In this particular case, few divinations were blended together: by counting crows (an old magpie rhyme), by hopscotch, and by chance.
One is always looking for a decent dose of positive life-changing experiences. The game invites you to rediscover the object of desire in its nomadic nature, to turn it around, or get off the grid. Hopscotch is a poetic and subjective exploration of contemporary blended and dispersed desires that takes its references from recent political and economic events.
While most yard games use coded narratives as a means of interpretation of reality, it is concurrently a tool to simplify things. A zone of obstacles to be crossed, a zone of rest, departure, and arrival points in hopscotch revisited become mere spatio-temporal markers of effectiveness, productivity, and sense construction.
Having in mind gamification tendencies in the working environment, this practice frowns upon the hidden underlying intention of productivity enforcement and solution-oriented approach in everyday life. While you are becoming a part of a machine that is oriented on the value extraction, where the link between the task and its implementers (plural!) gets washed away, dispersed and un-locatable, take a stand and take a break as the best games do.
Interactive sound installation “peu ou prou or Hopscotch Revisited” in the frames of performance series Flee Immediately! and Transmediale Vorspiel, Panke, Berlin, 15.02.2017. Photo: Franco Dubini. @fleeimmediately
two players on the surface of the game, taking turns
1. throw a marker
2. put on the headphones carefully. adjust the volume if it is too loud
3. hop to the marker: on both legs put together, choosing the way that suits you best
4. as you reach the spot, stop, decide, whether you want to continue or go off the grid
5. the next player throws a marker
6. continue like that till you have explored enough and pick the new player to replace you