How To Wash Your Hands (2020)

Starting in late January 2020, in the early days of the Covid-19 epidemic in Singapore., began a steady diet of how-to handwashing. One in particular was on continuous loop in the university dining hall that we shared with hundreds of others. Always playing, hands in motion, suds, instruction, rinsing, sensation, ablution.

Our time as "artists-in-residence" transformed into one of sheltering-in-place for months on end. With a hazard so pernicious and invisible, and a global mesh where everything is shared, the meaning of contact and other become increasingly hard to make sense of. The ritual choreography of handwashing has become deeply embedded in our bodies and minds while protection, isolation, and communion continue to mutate in meaning.