Below is the video documentation of one of several life-performances with one of Bettina John’s Alter Ego Colbee Hawkins_89. A Cyberhippie and activist the persona concerns herself with the metaphysical side of life, with rituals and meditation, automatic drawing and painting, with magick and aspects of paganism. She has an endless source of inspiration in these fields, which is reflected, in her rich and colourful aesthetic. This performance is part of a series that Colbee Hawkins_89 calls Gritual (Ritual+Gravater, which is the WordPress name for Avatar) and is a collective ritual.
The above mentioned performance took place in Istanbul at the Polistar Gallery in 2014 and invited gallery visitors to join in a collective ritual dedicated to the water resources in and around Istanbul that are more and more subject to privatization. It was part of group exhibition curated and organised by Turkish artist Serra Tansel and English artist Duval Timothy. This work represents the persona’s urge to make a change in this world and take actively part in a shaping of a better world.