Naked Bike Ride Vulnerability Vigil

2:30PM to 3:30PM June 14, 2014
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Corner of Belleville and Government streets
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Tasha Diamant, M.Ed.
May Vulnerability Vigil, Tasha Diamant holding the extinction symbol.

Tasha Diamant, M.Ed., associate faculty member in the BAPC and ISC, invites you to join her for the next Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigil, which happen at least once a month.

In brief, she shares her vulnerability to create a space for vulnerability and to be in some solidarity with those who are most vulnerable. It's also about being the change she wishes to see. Diamant stands naked in public for an hour, holding a sign. 

This month’s vigil coincides with the annual World Naked Bike Ride. The two movements have a lot of affinities, she says.

The Vancouver 2014 Naked Bike Ride is on the same day as the vigil. Tasha says she is not sure if anyone is planning on organizing a Naked Bike Ride in Victoria this year, but if so, invites riders to swing by. 

Tasha will be across from the BC Legislature at Belleville and Government, holding the extinction symbol sign.

Anyone is welcome to join her, dressed or not.

Here's how Tasha explained what she is doing to several US tourists who spoke to her last month:

Tourist: Why are you doing this? Is this a protest? 

Tasha: Well, I've been doing the Human Body Project for more than eight years. I started doing performances where I showed up naked and unscripted to be as vulnerable as possible and to share that vulnerability. Then I started doing this street work in January of 2012. I do it once a month for an hour. It's sort of a protest but more like a ritual of "being the change." I stand naked to be as vulnerable as possible, in solidarity with the world's most vulnerable and the vulnerable earth. This is the Extinction Symbol. Have you seen it before? 

Tourist: No, what is it? 

Tasha: It's a symbol that's meant to bring awareness to the fact that humans are creating a mass extinction. Like when the dinosaurs all died? Except when that happened it took tens of thousands of years. Humans will pretty much accomplish a mass extinction in about 700 years from, like, the time of the Industrial Revolution. Most life on earth will be extinct by 2400. So, in other words, all humans are vulnerable. 

Tourist: In other words, we're doomed. What's causing it? 

Tasha: Mostly global climate change, development and pollution. 

Tourist: I don't really see how standing naked with a sign will help. 

Tasha: Well, I believe that civilization equals domination equals ego. So humans don't understand vulnerability or how to be vulnerable. So I figure this is like a wake-up call but also like a way to kickstart evolution or change consciousness. Our brains need to change. But, hey, I feel pretty hopeless. I also do this as an outlet for my rage. I can't believe people walk around like everything is normal. This helps me not drink myself to death. I feel hopeless but I can still do something.

View the vigil's Facebook event page.