Rachel Hines

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Touch and go

Resist nothing.

Subway commutes provide for daily redefinition in personal space. I used to try to avoid contact with each person, doing my best to keep my appendages to myself. In this ongoing piece I attempt not to pull away from my fellow commuters, but rather, to stay connected. When someone sits or stands next to me, leans on my shoulder, or steps on my foot. I allow it instead of denying it.

It is a practice that sometimes yields a comfy and warm ride to my destination. Other times the tension grows so thick that the other passenger moves away. It is a passive performance that is begun and ended by the participant.

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