If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
Students are banding together to help Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts major who’s carrying her mattress everywhere as long as her rapist remains on campus.
Emma Sulkowicz, a visual arts major at Columbia University, is carrying around her dorm mattress until her rapist is removed from campus. Sulkowicz says she was raped in her dorm room bed when she was a sophomore, and as her senior thesis project, she’s embarking on a performance arts piece that requires her to tote her mattress everywhere she goes. But she doesn’t have to do it alone.
Under the terms of Sulkowicz’s thesis — entitled Carry That Weight or Mattress Performance — she’s not allowed to ask for help carrying her mattress. She is allowed to accept help if other people offer on their own, however, and that inspired her fellow students to get organized so they can assist Sulkowicz in a meaningful way.
“Carrying The Weight Together,” a group founded by another senior at Columbia, is organizing “collective carries” to ensure that the community will work together to help bear the weight of Sulkowicz’s symbolic burden. They’re committing to helping carry the mattress every day.
Opening Friday, September 5th at Outsiders Gallery in London, England is Ian Francis’s solo show, “Endless Summer.” Every painting in the show measures 18” x 24” and are snapshots of modern life embedded in abstract landscapes, a fantastic metaphor for society’s ever increasing jumble of information.
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