The Running Tongue screens as part of Body+Act a special programme curated by the MMCA examining transformed images according to the historicity of performance art.
The Running Tongue is a durational film installation made by choreographer Siobhan Davies and David Hinton in collaboration with 22 dance artists.
The work takes as its starting point the image of a running woman. She travels through a familiar London cityscape of tube stations, housing estates, cafes and parks, but, as she runs, she undergoes many metamorphoses and witnesses a succession of curious scenes: coal rains down from the sky; shrouded figures wait at a railway station; a woman suddenly turns to dust; a sweet potato becomes an object of worship.
Defying the usual conventions of cinematic form, the film is edited live in real time by a custom-programmed computer which makes its own decisions about how to order the narrative.