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.

The Ritual of Burrowing into Bed with Alyssa McClelland, Daily Rituals, 2017

Collaborators: Alyssa McClelland, U-P
The Ritual of Burrowing into Bed with Alyssa McClelland.

We commissioned a new short film for our Daily Rituals series. Director and screenwriter, Alyssa McClelland collaborated with U-P1U-P is an ideas-led creative consultancy that emotionally connects brands and organisations to people. Positivity and experimentation are at the very core of U-P’s philosophy. Constraints are explored in optimistic and creative ways, resulting in work that is memorable and meaningful, and improves our way of life. U-P is led by Paul Marcus Fuog and Uriah Gray. to capture the evening ritual of burrowing down into bed. Starring Alyssa McClelland.

The Ritual of Practise with Alyssa McClelland, Daily Rituals, 2017

Collaborators: Alyssa McClelland, Michaela Whitehouse, U-P

Alyssa-McClelland-HH-Daily-Rituals-03.jpgThey say you need to spend 10,000 hours practising something to make it perfect. Here, gymnast Michaela Whitehouse performs her daily ritual of practise with ribbons. Made in collaboration with U-P and Alyssa McClelland.

Le Corbusier's Daily Ritual of Calisthenics, Daily Rituals, 2015

Collaborators: Liam Gilmour, U-P

Each and every morning Le Corbusier was up at 5.45am for his 45 minutes of calisthenics ritual.

Emily Bronte's Insomnia Ritual, Daily Rituals, 2015

Collaborators: Liam Gilmour, U-P

Novelist Emily Bronte suffered from insomnia. She held an evening ritual of walking around in circles until she fell asleep.

Benjamin Franklin's Daily Air Bath Ritual, Daily Rituals, 2015

Collaborators: Liam Gilmour, U-P

To foster good health Benjamin Franklin took a daily ‘air bath’. What is an ‘air bath’? It’s where you open up all your windows, get nude and sit in the breeze for a while. How nice.

Franz Kafka’s Ritualistic Procrastination, Daily Rituals, 2015

Collaborators: Liam Gilmour, U-P

Franz Kafka’s days were filled with ritualistic procrastination that included a four-hour nap, a long walk and 10 minutes of vigorous exercise at the same time each day.

T S Eliot's Daily Face Painting Ritual, Daily Rituals, 2015

Collaborators: Liam Gilmour, U-P

TS Eliot had a thing for face paint. Daily, he would dust his face with green powder and paint his lips red.