Sunday, March 15, 2015

#VulnerabilityVigils on the 9th Anniversary of the Human Body Project (March 25)

March 25, 2015, is the 9th anniversary of the Human Body Project.

I'll do my 44th #VulnerabilityVigil that day. 

The number 44 meant something to me when I started the project. I was 44 at the time and I called the first performance "Human Body Project 44." My initial intention was to do a performance art piece once a year, partly as a chronicle of a body changing over time to show the inherent vulnerability of ageing. 

But the first performance was so powerful and such a big deal, I knew I had to try to do more. Then shortly after, I got pregnant. I was dreadfully ill the whole time. I really wanted to do a performance while I was pregnant and I eventually did two but it was really touch and go. Anyway, hardly anyone came to those two performances.

Then I'm this 45-year-old mother with two little kids! Plus college instructor. Plus I started a Master's, which I hated but finished. I've been overwhelmed ever since I started the Human Body Project. My overwhelmedness--I suppose I'm writing this mostly for myself--is part of the realz and feelz of it.

When I started the project, I had such touching new-agey ideas that it would be part of some shift in consciousness. I still believe that, but in a more measured and long-term way. I felt a lot more optimistic then than I do now. 
Last month's #VulnerabilityVigil.

Nine years ago, before the first Human Body Project performance. I was feeling very nervous.

Some time before my birth-year-mate Barack Obama became president, I saw one of his campaign items and it gave me intense shivers of connectedness: it was a "44" in exactly the same font I had used for my material (Obama was aiming to be and is the 44th president). I have parallel previously optimistic to current not-very-optimistic-at-all feelings about his work.

This wasn't exactly what I saw but you get the idea.
Still nine years later we're both at it. I don't envy Barack's job. In my case, not only am I doing my thing, but I do it on the street too. With much less hope and optimism. And no outpouring of support or interest. And continuing overwhelmedness.

It's certainly humbling. 

March 25, 2015 #VulnerabilityVigils

Tasha Diamant will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil
March 25
4-5 pm
1925 Blanshard St
In front of Save-On Foods Centre

Emma Cooper will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil
March 25
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St. side
*Special thanks to Emma.*

Everyone is welcome to join us, dressed or not. 

Anyone, anywhere can hold a #VulnerabilityVigil. Learn more at

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's #VulnerabilityVigils Victoria+Vancouver 2-3pm

For Valentine's Day you could take part in a long-running stand for humanity.

Please consider joining Tasha Diamant in Victoria or Emma Cooper in Vancouver. Everyone is welcome, as dressed as you choose. You can even hold your own #VulnerabilityVigil wherever you are.

#VulnerabilityVigils are part of an ongoing performance art and activism project. Among other culture-busting, creator Tasha Diamant's work is about sharing and expressing vulnerability.

At least once a month for an hour, Diamant stands naked on the street to be as vulnerable as possible.  Diamant is a 53-year-old, otherwise rather reclusive woman who uses nakedness as a statement and symbol. "You can draw parallels between the vulnerable body and vulnerable humanity and the vulnerable planet," says Diamant.

Another chilly vigil.
Because she understands that nakedness can be confrontational in our culture, as a gesture of gentleness, she and her supporters hold a sign in front of their bodies. The sign has the Extinction Symbol on it. "From a triage point of view," says Diamant, "The thing we need to know is that we are now creating a mass extinction on the planet. Like, shouldn't we do everything we can to drop everything else? But I happen to think that the violence, misogyny and poverty we're 'used to' have long indicated how messed up we are."

"Our brains need to change." Diamant believes that the only way forward is to kickstart evolution by dealing viscerally with our mutual vulnerability. Hence the vigils and her ongoing project, the Human Body Project.

Valentine's #VulnerabilityVigils 

Tasha Diamant will hold her 43rd #Vulnerability Vigil at 
Corner of Yates and Government (same place as last month)
Saturday, February 14
2-3 pm

Emma Cooper will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil at
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson St side (same place as last month)
Saturday, February 14
2-3 pm

All are welcome to join, as dressed as you choose.

Anyone, anywhere can hold a #VulnerabilityVigil.

Special thanks to Emma Cooper who, with various supporters, started doing coinciding #VulnerabilityVigils in Vancouver in November.

Monday, January 19, 2015

3rd Anniversary #VulnerabilityVigils in Victoria and Vancouver Saturday, Jan 24, 1-2 pm

Vulnerability Vigils started on January 1, 2012. 

Performance artist/activist Tasha Diamant stands naked in public at least once a month for an hour. Diamant describes her work in many ways but for simplicity's sake her key purpose is to share and create space for vulnerability. (In a gesture of gentleness to those affronted by public nudity, Diamant and her supporters hold a sign with the extinction symbol on it.)

Tasha Diamant will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil at the
Corner of Yates and Government
Saturday, January 24
1-2 PM (or as long as weather allows)

Emma Cooper will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil at the
Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson Street side 
Saturday, Jan. 24
1-2 PM (or as long as weather allows)

Anyone anywhere can also hold a #VulnerabilityVigil. 

More information on #VulnerabilityVigils.

Here's a great video with Erykah Badu, which totally aligns with some of the values of #VulnerabilityVigils (thanks to Emma Cooper for sharing it):

Here's the music video Badu is talking about: