Idle Hands are the Devil’s Play Thing, film, duration 15mins (2016)
Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop, performance (2017)
Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop, was a new performance developed in collaboration with choreographer James Hadaway and students from Stanwell School’s Performing Arts course for Experimentica, Chapter’s annual live art festival.
Presenting hands as the protagonist and performer, the abstracted tragi-comedy performance used movement techniques such as finger tutting to render familiar forms as beautifully disembodied.
The work expanded upon short film Idle Hands are the Devil’s Play Thing, which combined archival footage of busy hands, from scrolling and tapping to smoking and fanning, to consider the social, psychological and emotional contexts of these movements and activities.