As the Creative Arts Program Coordinator, I’m extremely proud to post the “Remix Time Capsule”, a short doc by Beza Getachew, a recent graduate of The Remix Project’s 7.0 Creative Arts program. With the help and guidance of mentor Sarah Taylor (Much Music), Beza followed 3 participants; Church Chizzle (Recording Arts), Buruk aka Early (Photography), and Kim Miller-Pryce (Creative Arts), on their 6 month journey through Remix.
Sarah Taylor is at it again, but instead of tackling the idea of Diversity (like in her last video)… she’s gathered some friends to talk about sex.
I wanted to have a candid, honest, vulnerable conversation with young people about sex. I wanted to find out what you found most embarrassing, what you were most affected by and how much you actually knew about the taboo subject.
I also decided to make the experience even more memorable and sensitive by asking our participants to answer questions while naked, as if the topic wasn’t personal enough.
Why are we, especially those of us least sexually experienced, so embarrassed to talk about sex? If we felt comfortable asking questions I suspect we wouldn’t find ourselves in as many tricky, scary, mortifying and potentially life threatening situations.
How do I feel about my body? Do I want to have sex? Do I know how to protect myself?
This piece was created in the hopes that we can all continue to ask the uncomfortable questions and seek the answers, guidance and confidence that we need to support our sexual development, however awkward that may initially feel.
Sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, testing, pregnancy scares, sexual preferences, confidence and insecurities aren’t the easiest things to talk about but communication is always the best way to truly understanding ourselves and keep us safe, healthy and happy.
Who are you? How do people see you? How are you different?
In the latest Karma Camera we challenged ourselves to give attention to our own diversity. Not just the colour of our skin or where our parents were born but also our personal distinctions. Taking back the words, phrases or derogatory experiences we’ve had that have challenged our diversity. Looking at our own and other people’s past perceptions of us turned out to be dramatic, funny and often painful. I gained an interesting new clarity about how deeply affected I was by social experiences during my formative years and just how far away that seems now. Funny, at the time it seemed like my whole world.
My own memories linked to diversity are usually related to my appearance but also to my visibility. Meaning, for a while I tried to stay invisible so I became a quieter version of myself until I developed more confidence and trust in myself.
It is cause for celebration and in Canada there is a lot to celebrate.
So we spend a couple days examining and CELEBRATING diversity! This vignette set out to explore how some of us connect to our diversity now and a great way to do that is to start at the very beginning. It’s a showcase of some personal stories from people who remember what it was like to feel different. Hopefully they always will.
Toronto based artist Shaun Boothe invited us to “Hip-Hop In 3D” where he premiered his new video for “Poor Boy”, Directed by Chris G. Aside from seeing a very creative music video, we got to hear some exclusive new records with some serious features. We can’t name any names, but you know we’ll hook our readers up first!