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Performance at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (2013). Polly Ethylene and Polly Propylene played by Zara Jamey and Sophie Fyfe. Duration 30 mins. Images courtesy of Southern Exposure, CA. Photos: Catherine McElhone

In the gallery the two painted rocks and the orange shoe box are on the floor. Two teenage girls, 'Polly Propylene' and 'Polly Ethylene' approach the rocks. They are wearing workout clothes. They each carry a small sports bag and a foursquare ball. They sit on the floor by the rocks and open the shoebox. There are two hats inside, which they put on. Also in the box is a gold colored plastic bowl containing a collection of odds and ends - corks, dried chewing gum, joke teeth, a plastic eyeball, a broken zipper, bottle caps, a toy car, some pieces of whittled wood, a handful of acorns and a pine cone. There is also a collection of game cards on which are written different phrases. They proceed to arrange some of these pieces on the rocks, following the painted markings. When they have finished the setting up, they sit on the balls they brought and begin to play the game. It involves moving pieces around according to a phrase on one of the cards, and sometimes 'winning' pieces into their own respective piles. It is evidently a tactical game of maneuvers, exchanges, and piece accumulation, reminiscent of monopoly or chess, though the specific rules may be enigmatic to viewers. As the game continues the girls begin to raise the stakes by introducing, from their bags, bigger game pieces. These are in the form of gory rubber body parts: severed fingers, feet, hands, a brain, a heart, a leg, an arm. Starting with the smallest and leading to the bigger ones, these body parts are gradually brought into play by means of exchange for other pieces. Polly Propylene has a tendency to hum or quietly sing songs such as "I wanna hold your hand" and or "heart shaped box" and other songs inspired by the body parts. The game is over when one of the girls calls out YOGAFLOGOGO. The Pollies sort and count their pieces, and leaving everything in a heap on the rocks they stand up. They each take an iPhone out of their bags. Together they recite an incantation from the phone. While reading the first words (hic haec hoc etc) they are moving ritualistically around the heap of rocks and body parts, in a rhythmic incantation. During the rest of the reading they stand facing each other over the rocks. With the closing 'hic haec hoc' they circle the rocks again. When they have finished they pick up their balls and bags and leave.