Know Your Turtle

Lisa Steele

1972, 22:40 minutes, B&W, English


A performance by Steele and her pet turtles features live audio mixing and a female reader. The minimal action takes place in 3 rooms of an apartment. The reader shares the intricacies of raising turtles in a domestic environment while Steele enacts an integration of a new animal into its new home through a ritual cleansing. This weave of chance and action is both playful and banal.

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Critical Writing

Lisa Steele: Looking very closely
by Peggy Gale. Video by Artists, 1976. Toronto: Art Metropole, 1976.
Transcript of a videotape interview with Joe Bodolai
by Joe Bodolai. artscanada, Oct. 1973, v. 30, no. 4.