Performing Proximity Fail on the metro. I’m wearing the wrong pattern for this to work.
Performing Proximity on the Mont Royal metro escalator.
Day 236 performing proximity on the platform of the Jean Talon metro and on the metro, 95%
I took the metro to Vanier this morning and noticed that two women seemed not to like how I was dressed. One woman in her 20s stared at me and looked me up and down (I was sitting). I smiled at her. She looked away.
The woman next to me also stared at me with a bit of a scowl on her face. I smiled at her. She blinked, and looked away.
I was reading the Art History exam on the metro, so maybe they didn’t like that and it had nothing to do with my new shirt and jeans. Also, my knee touched the 2nd woman’s knee when the metro left the station (twice) and I moved my leg away.
After I gave the final exam in my Art History class a student said, “Can I ask you a question? You wear a lot of animal print.”
“Yes,” I said.
“What do you mean?”
“Do you really like it?”
“I’m doing a project in which I wear animal print every day for a year. This is day 197.”
“Oh wow! I thought it was just a Thursday thing.”
Because of the exam, I was 2 hours late to the department meeting. Once I sat down and settled, Thomas said, “Liberace called and he wants his clothes back.”
“Good one,” I said.
“You really look fantastic,” he whispered.
“What? You can’t lead with Liberace and then end with fantastic. It makes ‘fantastic’ meaningless.”
“Why not? Liberace was great.”
Thomas also told me that he has a stuffed python that he got as a young man in Zaire if I wanted to borrow it. “I know about your project and thought of you. But you can only use it if you have something specific in mind.”
After the meeting, some of us went to Justine and Terryll’s house for a few end of term drinks (Thomas did not come). I met Louise, who teaches painting, and she told me that when she saw me come into the meeting she thought to herself, “there’s someone who doesn’t care what anyone thinks- there’s someone living outside of the box.” She also wondered who I was and thought I was a friend of Cheryl’s. She did not know that I also taught in the department. She is going to Jamaica for a month to shoot a documentary.
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This was November 2nd (Day 155) where I got off the metro at the St. Laurent stop and followed this woman out the exit, up the escalator, and out the door. I took a series of stills with my iPhone and just got to making this video animation today. Performing proximity looks and feels fairly predatory here.
Day 161 and I took the seat that was offered to me by a young guy with a pencil beard on the orange line. I know this was a big deal on Day 99 when I thought I was old, and time seemed to slow right down. Not today. I took the seat, 95%
Another example of performing proximity- something that I’ve started doing where I stand next to people (usually women) who are wearing similar animal prints to me. I document this when I can without drawing attention to the fact that I am taking pictures with my phone. Here, I am on the metro beside a woman with a black and grey leopard print purse.
A few weeks ago, I posted about standing next to people (usually women) who are wearing similar animal prints to me. I’ve started documenting this when I can and it doesn’t interfere with my experience, the wearer’s experience, or a public audience’s experience, who I am now noticing the presence of in these passive interactions. Also, I’m documenting with my smart phone, so I think it just appears as if I am txting or playing a game. Notice the Tim Horton’s coffee cup, my purse, her purse, my coat. Performing Cougar Proximity on the metro, orange line