03 Oct 2006 • 1,247 views
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.