ROOMS’ March 2012 installation was the first in a series of ceremonial like performances created based on abstract systems. RITUAL NO. 1, COUNTING BIRDS features a large group of participants simultaneously vocalizing a self referential mantra. For three hours they countED, in ascending order – using each number’s value (in seconds) to determine the length of the vocal expression of the very same number i.e. – “ONE” in 1 second, “TWO” in 2 seconds . . .” THIRTY” in 30 seconds, etc. Try it yourself and you’ll see that it doesn’t take long to reach a point of vocal abstraction. Now imagine a group of fifteen performers ritualistically chanting these numerical utterances at ROOMS Gallery.