How To: Shake Hands with Water

The video provides step by step instructions and demonstration for a water activity. Using simple and easily obtained materials you can cultivate positive feelings about water and develop appreciation and respect based not only on the attractiveness of water, but it’s other qualities as well. Instructions for keeping water clean are outlined along with ways to conserve and limit water usage.
Warning & Disclaimer: Do not attempt to drink water used in this activity, or any water previously used for washing.
How to: Shake Hands with Water is an instructional video produced by Merritt Johnson during her Social Engagement Residency at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe NM in June 2014. Cannupa Hanska Luger collaborated on & appears in the video.

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DIY: Land Goggles

This video provides step by step instructions and demonstration for making Land Goggles using simple and easily obtained materials. Land Goggles look great with everything in addition to being therapeutic. They may be an effective treatment for turquoise blindness, gold fever, developing confusion, and complete disregard.
Warning & Disclaimer: Land Goggles are not guaranteed to cure or improve any condition despite improving your view of the land. Land Goggles are not intended for use while driving a car, operating machinery, or moving around. Please stay completely still when wearing Land Goggles and really look at the land.
DIY: Land Goggles is an instructional video produced by Merritt Johnson during her Social Engagement Residency at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe NM in June 2014. Cannupa Hanska Luger collaborated on & appears in the video.

 

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Cleopocahontra as she appears to the Governing Bodies of the New Romantic School of Vampire Colonialism

Cleopocahontra herself is not visible, because she is a multitude, incapable of being condensed into a single body.  She appears to the viewer according to their assumptions, limitations, and choices. This is a rendering of her appearance before the Governing Bodies of the New Romantic School of Vampire Colonialism, which has existed (and continues to exist) under different names throughout time and place. In this incarnation (despite her open stance) she is perceived as a potential threat due to her hidden hands and unbowed head.  Her disparate dress and adornment results from her viewers desire to contextualize her strangeness within the familiar, while embodying what they most want from her.

cleopocahontra web

cleopochontra side web

cleopocahontra back web

brocade, taffeta, fur, dentalium, cowrie, fringe, beads, porcupine quills and horse hair

2014

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Exorcising America: Leveling the Playing Field

This is the twelfth installment in the video series Exorcizing America by Merritt Johnson.
Instructions and demonstration are provided for exercises to level the playing field. Please note, there is no guarantee these exercises will level the playing field for anyone, now or in the future.

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Exorcising America: Not biting the hand that feeds you

This is the eleventh video in the performance video series Exorcising America, by Merritt Johnson. Instructions and demonstrations are provided for not biting the hands that feed you. When living hand to mouth the incidence of injury due to bitten hands increases, so please use caution when practicing these exercises.

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Exorcising America: Knowing Your Place

Knowing Your Place is the tenth installment in Merritt Johnson’s Exercising America performance video series. Instructions and demonstration are provided for exercises to know your place. Please remember that outside assessments of your place may vary, practicing these exercises daily may help you determine and eventually know your place despite outside influence.

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Exorcising America: Keeping Your Head (up, down & level)

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Keeping Your Head (up, down & level) is the ninth installment in Merritt Johnson’s Exercising America performance video series. Instructions and demonstrations are given for exercises to keep your head up, down, and level according to your circumstance. Please use caution when practicing, as personal harm may occur due to outside assessment of your head being improperly positioned.

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