Dovedale, Peak District, May 2019
[Maya Deren] ‘began to understand practices within her own culture, such as children’s play at hopscotch, in ritual terms in which the stability and unity of the form transcended any particular performance of the ritual’ Rachel O. Moore (2000) Savage Theory: cinema as modern magic. Durham: Duke University Press, p.6.
‘the practice of inscribing complex and visually puzzling designs upon surfaces in order to protect those sheltered behind them from attack by evil spirits or demons. The idea is that the demons are lured to the surface by their fascination with the pattern, but are so tantalised by it that they cannot bear to pass without first having unravelled it, or solved the puzzle it presents. In this they are bound to get stuck, failing ever to arrive at a solution that would allow them through to the other side’ Tim Ingold (pace Gell), 2007. Lines: a brief history.