Double Dutch and Hula Hooping are two new films by Alice Finbow that have been commissioned by Hospital Curator Guy Nobel on behalf of University College London Hospital Arts. The films are on exhibition in the UCH atrium and are aimed at reducing anxiety for patients and relatives.
The films are concerned with human relations; the interactions between people and the personal movements that occur alongside such intercourse. Hula hoping is comical, and endearing and Double Dutch is visually rich and mesmerising.
Double Dutch is a film made with the World Champion Blue and White Rope Skippers.
There are three sets of skippers who subsequently perform the same three routines allowing comparisons of the movements of the individuals within the couples and comparisons with movements of the other competing couples.
The film has the quality of an anthropological study of movement. The movement is slowed down mesmerising the viewer and clearly showing detail that would be lost in real time.
The stillness of the camera and composition of the frame you inevitably compare the movement, looking for similarities and where mistakes happen but also how the movement itself becomes much more abstracted creating a piece of performance, unique for film.
In Hula Hooping, Finbow approached strangers on the streets of London to
hula hoop with her. The resulting film examines balance and imbalance, resting and physical interaction.
There is an element of comedy in the film. The situation demands that both Finbow and the member of the public are observed doing actions that are awkward and they are not used to. Whilst undertaking a bizarre task they are being compared with Finbow and often draw a crowd.