Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Human Body Project at the 2014 Victoria and Vancouver Fringes

The Human Body Project at the 2014 Victoria and Vancouver Fringes

"the most relevant and powerful work at the fringe" • "naked, emotionally and literally" • "simply audacious"

Tasha Diamant, 52, is a mother, performer, and activist. She started the Human Body Project, an ongoing performance art project, in 2006. She is also a university professor, yoga instructor, and visual artist.

Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigils at the Victoria Fringe

Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigils, as a form of street performance, will be part of the site-specific pieces at the Victoria Fringe this year.

For a Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil, Tasha Diamant stands naked in public to share and create a space for vulnerability. She holds a large sign in a gesture of gentleness for those who are deeply affronted by public nudity.

It is a ritual or practice of "being the change," non-violent direct action, participatory democracy, etc.  People are always invited to join her and often do. 

Where and When? 
At the Victoria Fringe there will be five vigils.
Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigils • Aug 26-30, 5-6 pm

The vigils will be held near fringe venues in downtown Victoria.
August 26 Pandora and Quadra
August 27 Johnson and Quadra
August 28 Belleville and Blanshard
August 29 Broad between Pandora and Johnson
August 30 Pandora and Douglas

Locations may change due to unforeseen circumstances so check for confirmation.

People will be able to buy tickets to Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigils via but there won’t be actual ticket collection. To "buy a ticket at the door" people can contribute to a hat on the sidewalk. Tasha is inviting people to buy tickets to support the work.

People are also invited to watch or even take part in some participatory democracy. Taking part might mean holding a sign or just engaging in conversation with Tasha, other participants, or people on the street. 

Tasha is the only person committed to being naked. People who join her can be as (un)dressed as they choose. Signs will be provided.

May 2014 Vulnerability Vigil

More Background 
Tasha has been doing Vulnerability Vigils at least once a month since January 2012. 

Lately, she has been using the extinction symbol on her sign (@extinctsymbol), a symbol created to draw attention to the global extinction crisis. She will also bring the VULNERABLE sign and some other words.

VULNERABLE was the word on the sign for a long time. Then Tasha switched to different words that also evoke consideration of vulnerability (e.g., HOLY, COMPLIANT, PARADIGM).

Human Body Project Workshop at the Vancouver Fringe

What? As part of the Vancouver Fringe, Tasha is offering a free or by donation Human Body Project Workshop. Shortly after the workshop Tasha will hold a Vulnerability Vigil near fringe headquarters and is hoping that some participants will join her.

Description of the workshop: The gesture of showing up naked and unscripted is about creating a space to share and honour vulnerability. This is visceral, risky work. Co-create a felt experience of embodied connection beyond our culture’s destructive limitations.  Come with an intention to do no harm. Know there is room for imperfect communication. Participants share and (un)dress as they choose.

Where and When? 
Friday, September 12 • 1:30-3:30pm
Studio 1398
1398 Cartwright St on Granville Island
(+ Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil • outside at same address, all welcome • 4:30-5:30pm)

Just show up.

For more information contact: Tasha Diamant
Follow Tasha on twitter @HumanBodyProj
"Like" the Human Body Project Facebook page
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." 
A. Einstein

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