russell higgs

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tuesday 03102006

The soft focus mystery of the past few days has been solved. It was of course a dirty great fingerprint on the lens

Meanwhile this morning there's a sentence in my head that I have constantly returned to and referenced over these past 6 years.
A CULTURE'S POWER STRUCTURE DEPENDS LARGELY ON HOW WE LOOK AND ARE LOOKED AT.

In this current project I choose to augment my appearance in a self-determined non-traditional manner.

Back in 2000/2001 I was dealing with my self-determined appearance in a non-traditional manner from a different perspective, when I was committed to a campaign of Naked Protest. My entirely unaugmented human body in public space. It was a campaign of civil disobedience that rested on a simple truth, that the visible human appearance is not a crime. On a few occasions I appeared naked in the court rooms, a place where costume plays a prominent role, suits and wigs in particular.

I'll return to this train of thought later. HERE'S A LINK TO A LETTER IN THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER january 2001, when I had committed myself to a period of continuous nudity, which eventually lasted a month until I was acquitted (my friend Vincent Bethell, who originated the campaign, was continuously unclothed and remanded in prison segregation for 5 months, until a jury acquitted him unanimously). This letter summarises many of my thoughts at the time.

tuesday 03102006

The soft focus mystery of the past few days has been solved. It was of course a dirty great fingerprint on the lens

Meanwhile this morning there's a sentence in my head that I have constantly returned to and referenced over these past 6 years.
A CULTURE'S POWER STRUCTURE DEPENDS LARGELY ON HOW WE LOOK AND ARE LOOKED AT.

In this current project I choose to augment my appearance in a self-determined non-traditional manner.

Back in 2000/2001 I was dealing with my self-determined appearance in a non-traditional manner from a different perspective, when I was committed to a campaign of Naked Protest. My entirely unaugmented human body in public space. It was a campaign of civil disobedience that rested on a simple truth, that the visible human appearance is not a crime. On a few occasions I appeared naked in the court rooms, a place where costume plays a prominent role, suits and wigs in particular.

I'll return to this train of thought later. HERE'S A LINK TO A LETTER IN THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER january 2001, when I had committed myself to a period of continuous nudity, which eventually lasted a month until I was acquitted (my friend Vincent Bethell, who originated the campaign, was continuously unclothed and remanded in prison segregation for 5 months, until a jury acquitted him unanimously). This letter summarises many of my thoughts at the time.

comments (3)

  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Oct 2006, 15:35
There is something quite Pop Star about you today Russell and crystal clear, I'm liking the reflection of the camera in your new glasses. A Queen tribute band perhaps!

On what grounds did they detain Vincent on for 5 months? Detaining a human for, lets say 0.5% of their lives for choosing not to wear clothes is indeed a harsh and unjust treatment.
russell higgs: Fundamentally the state just didn't know what to do with a sane and articulate person who had chosen not to wear any clothing for an indefinite period of time.

I remember one prison officer telling us that we should be in Broadmoor (a high-security psychiatric hospital).

I doubt they expected us to win in the courts as we did.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 3 Oct 2006, 16:37
russell the camera reflection really enhances the betty boop cyborg shot. who's quote is that russell. i have seen your flickr stuff and can remember your protest making the news over here. it is interesting how in new york they have a naked cowboy and in london you get incarceration.
russell higgs: i've usually attributed the quote to Foucault. But I think its actually more of a summary of his writings. It comes from a book titled "the beginner's guide to the body".

I don't think the naked cowboy in new york is actually naked. I've always assumed he wears underwear.

Technically I was only ever remanded. The reality is that I was arrested naked about 7 times without a single conviction in the courts.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 3 Oct 2006, 23:06
LOL ur a crazy dude
russell higgs: I feel its my duty to keep pushing at our absurd socially constructed boundaries.

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