a SLOW ritual of personal destruction
‘Slow’ is an orienteering technique that helps you to navigate your environment without the aid of any tools. When you enter a new environment, do a mental scan of sounds, landmarks, odors and wind in order to make a multi-sensory image of place. ‘Slow’ is a way to avoid getting lost in new environments by paying attention to details. It can also be a way to slow down and be mindful.
A ritualized destruction of my likeness is a long-term project I began 10 years ago as a way to mark time and to acknowledge the shifting communities and places that define my life. The ritual is a symbolic gesture of annual renewal and a cathartic, destructive act. The ritual has a different flavor every year, and this year it is an opportunity for people to be outside, to tap into their senses and pay attention to ordinary environments, all while discovering some moments of hidden destruction.