Final week in May
The final week of May brought with it a few regular activities, some art-related events, and a couple new experiments:
– A float session in a sensory deprivation tank, which I’ve been doing once a month with varying tank experiences, from deep relaxation to mild distraction.
– A couple ballet classes which were, as usual, physically challenging. My instructor always says, “Ballet is about turning your body inside-out.” Nothing natural about that.
– I attended two artist talks, one with Stan Douglas at the Presentation House Gallery, and the other with Matthew Higgs at the Western Front.
– Inspired by Milena’s garden reports, I decided to plant a few French beans in some planters on my deck. They’ve already sprouted and grown about four inches in the past week. I’m hoping they’ll eventually wrap themselves around the wooden trellis installed against the deck railing and make a solid wall of greenery and hanging beans.
– I was invited to a photobook gathering. A small group of local photographers regularly get together and share books from their collections. It was exciting flipping through some limited edition publications I’ve never seen before. In my lap is one of my favourite discoveries of the night, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs’ “The Great Unreal.”
– Last night I went to EXIT, a game facility that locks participants in a themed room from which they must escape by solving challenges and riddles within 45 minutes. These kinds of real life escape room experiences have been popping up around town and are inspired by escape room video games popularized in Japan. Our group was in the Ancient Egypt room, and although we managed to figure out a few combination locks and find clues in the sand, we failed to complete the game before the time ran out.