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This is Dealing with my Mortality" (2014), a video performance piece & my final piece for my third year painting studio at OCADU.

Death never bothered me. It’s an inevitable event that happens to everyone, every day, every minute. I can remember back to about five years ago when I had to endure four funerals in ten months and even then it never phased me. But, with the recent and sudden passing of my grandfather, it felt like a dark cloud came to smother me and all my knowings about life and all of a sudden death/life/funerals became something much deeper.

As I sat in the church pews listening to the sad noises of sobbing, preachers assuring us there’s a heaven and gazing at my grandfather’s lifeless vessel, I couldn’t help but think about my own death and my own funeral, about the end of it all and what will happen to my body. Dying is so abrupt. What happens after death is all gray matter. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to be another corpse, six feet in the ground, waiting for the divine or for nothing at all, so I channeled my anxieties in a performance piece. This is a ceremony for myself, a resolution of my ending before my time has come and the healing that I never sought.

Full video performance (12 minute video) can be watched here:

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A decade ago, I sat talking to a young mother on welfare about her experiences with technology. When our conversation turned to Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT), Dorothy* said, “They’re great. Except [Social Services] uses them as a tracking device.” I must have looked shocked, because she explained that her caseworker routinely looked at her EBT purchase records. Poor women are the test subjects for surveillance technology, Dorothy told me ruefully, and you should pay attention to what happens to us. You’re next.
At The American Prospect, Virginia Eubanks details four broad ways in which looking to the experiences of marginalized communities can lay out for everyone else the ways in which we have been, are being and are soon to be monitored and surveilled. (via x09)

(Source: thepoliticalnotebook, via bossestbitch)

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Look closely, these aren’t you’re average landscape photos. These are aquascapes. Did you notice the fish swimming past? Aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants as well as rocks, stones, driftwood and other hardscape elements in an aquarium. It’s gardening under water, often with fish who reside in the beautiful underwater landscape.

It’s a challenging hobby and, like many other hobbies, for those interested in such things there’s also a competitive element:

"The world of competitive aquarium design, or aquascaping, is just as difficult, expensive, and cutthroat as any other sport but requires expertise in many different fields to guarantee success. Aquarium designers possess large amounts of expertise in biology, design, photography, and excel in the art of patience, as individual aquascapes can take months if not years to fully mature into a completed landscape.”

The aquascapes seen here were part of the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC), the world’s largest nature aquarium and aquatic plants layout competition.

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