Dance in the Face of Various Deaths, excerpt

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Thanks to all who made it out to the end of residency event on Sunday! For those who missed it, check out the excerpt here. It will be showing in Seattle soon AND probably tonight at Clinton St Theater for STEW! xoxo

This excerpt comes from a film I made as the Kunstkammer PDX artist in residence. Summer 2013 Inspired by the resilience of the Native American Community and how that relates to the need for resilience in low wage, unfulfilling jobs as a member of the working class.

I hear you, I feel you

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In the fictionalized story Mutant Message Down Under of Marlo Morgan’s walkabout with an Australian Aboriginal tribe, a horde of flies completely overwhelm everyone at one point. Morgan reacts with utter panic. The Aborigines teach her, the “mutant human,” how to view the flies as cleansers of her nose, ears and mouth to help her in the outback. She relaxes her body and mind to let the flies do their cleansing and experiences a very different way of being in the moment. In the many transformative perspective shifts that Morgan encounters throughout the story, such as that with the flies, she returns to a humanity that means not fighting against Earth so hard, but rather being a part of nature.
I took this wisdom to Bristol Bay, Alaska during the summer swarm of several species of tiny biting insects. I hear you, I feel you documents my intentional sacrifice of body to nature in order to listen.
Regardless of the controversy the author stirred regarding the authenticity of the book, the idea of changing perspectives by doing what you normally would not do, like welcoming the flies rather than swatting at them, remains the same.