Earth Day Vulnerability Vigil
The Human Body Project is a performance and activism project created by Royal Roads associate faculty member Tasha Diamant. She shares an experience of authenticity and vulnerability with audiences by showing up naked and unscripted.
- Once a month she holds a Vulnerability Vigil in a public space; anyone is welcome to join.
- This is the 29th vigil.
- In keeping with the Human Body Project ethos, Tasha shows up naked; people who join 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: Recently Tasha's husband, David Howell, wrote this, which is as good an explanation as any. (Tasha writes extensively on her blog/website humanbodyproject.org)
"I think of those stories of individuals (native Americans, Africans, whatever) who, in the 18th or 19th century, 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."
Check out the event's Facebook post.