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Made for the Environment

3 - Questions about the Performance Art Event

1.

Why at the Law Courts?

 

I want the "Assisted Human Reproduction Act" repealed to allow the editing of the human genome. This work should at least be regulated rather than prohibited. This is why I will be walking back and forth in front the Law Courts, which is the government institution that enforces this law in Vancouver.


2.

Why will I be totally naked?

 

In other words, why won't I at least wear a bathing suit?

First of all: if the primitive Yaghan were able to create and sustain a naked society which never descended into moral chaos, then surely modern Vancouverites can do it.

And secondly: any type of gene modification requires in vitro gene editing followed by artificial implantation. Human male genitals are not needed for this process. So who cares if I publicly display something that will no longer be necessary. By the way, the book, "The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction" by Henry Greely (2016) is a good starting point to get more information on this topic.


3.

Is my public nudity legal?

 

Yes, because I will stay within the limits of Canada's public nudity law. Section 174 of the Canadian Criminal Code reads:


(1) Every one who, without lawful excuse,

(a) is nude in a public place, or
 
(b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

(2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.

(3) No proceedings shall be commenced under this section without the consent of the Attorney General.

   

According to legal precedents, public nudity is OK if it is non-sexual, non-harassing and for the public good. My performance is definitely non-sexual, non-harassing and for the public good.

Besides, a charge of public nudity can only be made by the BC Attorney General, who is an elected politician. I cannot see any British Columbian politician opposing a display that proposes an environmental strategy that would perpetually benefit all British Columbians.


4.

Why is my performance being time recorded?

 

Because my outdoor, mid-winter, naked walking time will set a public record. A record that I hope Vancouverites will strive to surpass until the day arrives when all humans living in a cold climate will be nakedly adapted to their environment all year long.





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