The Ritual of Bush Bathing

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(1 of 1) Mount Majura shot by Yasmin Masri.

The Ritual of Bush Bathing

Hotel Hotel Projects, Workshop

Drawing on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoko (forest bathing) ‘The Ritual of Bush Bathing’ was a seasonal walk designed to increase wellbeing by helping us reconnect with nature.

Led by local custodian and Ngunawal man, Tyronne Bell, we traversed the ridges and hills of Mt Majura. Tyronne told us about the history of the site, and the aboriginal culture that is deeply embedded in the landscape. This event culminated in a digeridoo performance by Jayden Goodrem, a descendent of the Peramangk people.

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Daily Rituals

Anthropologically speaking, rituals connect us to a culture, a sub-culture, maybe even a cult. We have always been curious observers of the repetitive and sometimes strange routines people practise in private. This fascination with human behaviour is the catalyst for a creative project and ongoing study of all the weird and wonderful rituals people do every day. For the project we have created a series of short films directed by U-P and Alyssa McClelland that re-enact the bizarre rituals of others inside the rooms of Hotel Hotel. We’ve also written articles, catalogued everyday rituals across cultures, studied tools and implements connected to rituals and have invited photographers to document their own rituals.