Hit and Giggle

Hit and Giggle, 2020, Video, 40 minutes
Skye and Karin.

As the world was experiencing lockdown (particularly level 5 and 4 in South Africa) conversations around the blurring of boundaries of work and life were proliferating online. There were expectations around productivity and notions of worth and meaning behind how and where we spend our time.


Following months of not being able to see each other (as collaborators or friends) and having strict limitations on how and what we could spend time doing, we explore (or test) our collaboration, friendship and practice by asking a tennis instructor and a life coach to help us work/play better as a team.


Over a period of one and a half months of regular sessions with the tennis instructor (Sebastian), we didn’t get very far in terms of advancing our skill in the sport. However, it did give us an opportunity to spend consistent time at the Melpark Sports Complex. Although learning to play tennis on a tennis court (with the sole intention of learning to play tennis) did not seem disruptive (as art in public tends to be) or particularly interesting, this time and engagement gave us an opportunity to consider our position in public space and our practice. While technically working on a project to produce some kind of outcome (artwork), our approach to this was through a process of engaging with the space and each other through recreation and leisure.


In the light of the project being based at the Melpark Sports Complex and being located in a communal space, we embarked on finding a life coach on the I Love Melville community Facebook page. This is where we were recommended a life coach based in the area (Frederika). In juxtaposition to our engagement with tennis and leisure, in the session with the life coach our artistic practice was framed as being a “business” and our relationship as collaborators as being “colleagues”.