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.|
|This wasn't exactly what I saw but you get the idea.|
It's certainly humbling.
March 25, 2015 #VulnerabilityVigils
Tasha Diamant will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil
1925 Blanshard St
In front of Save-On Foods Centre
Emma Cooper will hold a #VulnerabilityVigil
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 humanbodyproject.org