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Published on May 11, 2007
Every child has happily joined hands with friends and recited the familiar nursery rhyme, "Ring around a rosie, a pocket full of posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down." Few people realize to what this seemingly happy little nursery rhyme actually refers. A popular interpretation alleges that the rhyme is connected with the Great Plague of London in 1665, or perhaps earlier outbreaks of bubonic plague in England around the 14th Century. The 'falling down' has always involved dropping to the ground as the rhyme is recited, evoking the death from the plague. I constructed the video using old film footage and scored the sounds using low-tech analogue equipment. The juxtaposition of children happily singing "Ring around the Rosie" with the harsh realities of death associated with the Rhyme aim to create a paradoxical contrast to a common ritual that has been performed for over a Century.