Children’s Game #12: Musical Chairs

Oaxaca, Mexico, 2012; 5:05 min
In collaboration with Elena Pardo and Félix Blume


The game is filmed from above in a single take, emphasizing the inexorable process of subtraction. Six children place five chairs in a row, facing in alternate directions. When the music starts, the players skip one behind the other around the chairs. When the music stops, everyone scrambles to occupy the nearest chair and one person is left standing. The loser carries a chair away, stomping out of shot to the left. The music starts again, and so it goes on until the winner claims the last chair. Then there is only an empty space.

Lorna Scott Fox

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