My dear friend Greg is participating in a dance project called Freedom of Information 2008, where he and dozens of people in other states will attempt to stay awake, moving, blindfolded and ears plugged, for 24 hours today.
From his email to friends:
while i don’t know all the meanings this will have for me or anyone who sees its presence, i hope something will come through about how to be in this world where we live – about staying conscious, about getting information, about movements, about connections between people who can’t see each other and don’t know each other.
this is both a performance and a ritualized protest/meditation. taking a day to focus my attention on the displacements, shifts, and deprivations in this political context i expect will change my perspective on what i think i know and don’t know, and may create a greater (humbler?) potential for myself and others to understand the relevance of what we are creating in the world.
To me it evokes the form of torture known as sleep deprivation, you?