Sharing the Hum
May 20, 2007

Today was a day of reconnecting to family and forging new connections with other Visualeyez participants. I have an image in my head of the gallery here at Latitude 53 as the centre of the hive. We come to the gallery to check in with Todd and Tagny, our "queens", then we go out foraging for sweetness in the city to bring back to the hive to be transformed into honey to share with the colony.

Emma is dancing her way into the heart of the city, Josh is walking, and Amber is kissing.

I spent a few minutes humming on the deck, feeling the vibrations in my face and chest, inspired by the wonderful vocal work done by Tanya Lukin-Linklater on Friday night. Tonight three of us artists will talk about our work, and I have decided to lead a group hum. Humming has been an important part of my vocal warm-ups for many years, and it's one of my favorite things to do to centre myself.

I had a wonderful time on Saturday performing at the Strathcona Farmer's Market. A ten -year- old girl asked what my hat does. I explained that it helped focus my brainwaves and send a strong signal to the bees as I pass along my messages. She asked for a demonstration. So, I closed my eyes and focused on the bees, sending them a message. She seemed quite satisfied with that, so I thought I should compile notes on how you, dear reader, can communicate with the bees yourself. I'll do that tomorrow.