"Refuge in the Means" runs through October 29 at Recess. Click here for program information.
"How do you want to die?" is the title of one of the workshops conducted by a duo of death doulas as part of this two-month-long residency and exhibition by the Canaries collective. The program was among several related events covering topics such as fecal microbial transplantation, autoimmune nutrition, radical vulnerability, and — still to come — workshops on calling in sick and astrology and trauma. During Recess's gallery hours, the space acts as a literal refuge for members of the group — who are united through their experiences with chronic illness — and anyone passing by. The space's sunny storefront area has been turned into a cozy resting space with a library of books on self-help, dietary health, and political theory, along with tea and filtered water. In the back, a meditation altar features several of the group's effects, transforming this ritual device into a reminder of all of the objects that impose themselves on the sick. This offering sums up a key personal and political part of the project: Canaries want to share what ails them, and they want to help you feel better.