Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Earth Day 2014 Vulnerability Vigil

Earth Day Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil

Naked Earth by an anonymous Human Body Project participant/artist.
When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5-6 pm

Where: Blanshard/Patricia Bay Hwy. between Finlayson and Tolmie across from Mayfair Mall, Victoria

What: In the Human Body Project, by showing up naked and unscripted, I share an experience of authenticity and vulnerability with audiences.

  • Once a month I hold a Vulnerability Vigil in a public space; anyone is welcome to join me.
  • In keeping with the Human Body Project ethos, I show up naked; people who join me can be as dressed as they want to be.
  • We hold a sign in front of us as a gesture of gentleness to those who may be affronted by public nudity.
  • The sign is one word chosen to evoke understanding of our mutual vulnerability.

Why: My husband recently wrote this about my work, which is as good an explanation as any. (There are a lot of explanations.)

"I think of those stories of individuals (native Americans, Africans, whatever) who, in the 18th or 19th century, who were abducted. I feel as though that happened to you - at some time, when you were too young to really remember what happened, you were taken out of your culture and, while you remember it and desperately want to return, you don't know how to get back home.
So you do the vigils as a way of sending out a signal to home, to see if any response comes back. Or, they're like a search for compassionate life in the universe, like the signals astronomers have broadcast, hoping that any life form that finds them might recognize them as originating from another intelligent form of life."

More: Here is a recent blog post entitled "What Doing a Vulnerability Vigil is Like"

Here is the link to the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/227007504163688/

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