Thank you for asking, Ruth. It is good to read everyone's responses. So I will chime in now from Spain. At the end of last August I came to spend a year in Calafou (https://calafou.org/en), and right now this still seems like the best place for me to be.
Since the colony is already remote from surrounding towns and we have our own infrastructure, we are now 20 people isolated together, trying to practice all the recommended safety measures. It feels very odd not to be able to hug one another or share dishes, but we are figuring it out. We had just started preparing for the annual event "Hack The Earth", on the theme this year of mutual care in hybrid human/non-human/machine ecosystems, so I was very excited to see the announcement for "Love Machines 2020", and we had just started talking about making connections. So no event about "care" can be planned now. Now we have to work on just practicing care in all the different ways we can. To echo the words of the anarchist rapper Sole: "Hang in there everybody. The future is still up for grabs." All the best to all of you, Aileen On 3/25/20 12:15 AM, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour wrote: > Thanks Antonio, Isabel, Rob, Michael and Max, > > Isabel, that sounds very intense. Where are you staying? > > The long article about Socialism in the Time of Pandemics is fantastic. > It helps to have more history and more biology. Especially in view of > the reported debates in the USA. Brutal! > http://isj.org.uk/socialism-in-a-time-of-pandemics/ > > We keep hearing from many artists with cancelled projects. Hopefully the > government are about to announce proper support for freelancers and self > employed people. We are still working out what to do next at Furtherfield. > > More please : ) > Warmly > Ruth > > > > On Tue, 24 Mar 2020, 12:44 Antonio Roberts, <anto...@hellocatfood.com > <mailto:anto...@hellocatfood.com>> wrote: > > Hi everyone, > > I'm in Birmingham, UK and things seem okish. The UK officially went > it lockdown today (Tuesday). It's different from places like France > in that we don't need a permission slip to leave the house but the > police now have powers to arrest people. > > The most annoying this has been watching people go on holidays to > the countryside. I can almost understand this logic - a lonely hike > in the woods - but if everyone does it then it's just another > selfish mass gathering. > > In terms of work, like everyone I'm just trying to figure out how > things will now work. Most of my "business" is done remotely on my > laptop (no studio needed) but of course without galleries being open > most of my work has dried up. > > Toplap just had four days of livestreamed audiovisual performances. > This had been planned since around December but it's now taken on > new meaning. Was really nice to have something to temporarily take > your mind off the outside world. > > Antonio > > On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 at 08:59, isabelle arvers via NetBehaviour > <firstname.lastname@example.org > <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: > > hello everybody, > > I started in June 2019 an art and games world tour > <http://www.isabellearvers.com/category/art-and-games-world-tour/>to > celebrate my 20 years of curatorship in art and video games. > When borders started to get closed, I was in Ghana doing my > research on the local art and games scene. As my Ghanean visa > was about to expire, I passed the border by the road to Togo > where I am now stuck, waiting to be repatriated to France as > soon as possible as the Togolese health system is almost > inexistant. Togo closed all its borders, schools, universities, > bars, and even main cities. > All the best to everyone, > > Isabelle > > > http://www.isabellearvers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/animLogo.gif > > <http://www.isabellearvers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/animLogo.gif> > Isabelle Arvers > Curator, art critic and artist > http://www.isabellearvers.com > > ART GAMES WORLD TOUR > http://www.isabellearvers.com/category/art-and-games-world-tour/ > https://www.facebook.com/ArtGamesWorldTour > > Director of Kareron for art & games lovers! www.kareron.com > <http://www.kareron.com/> > Machinima workshops: youtube.com/zabarvers > <http://youtube.com/zabarvers> > Artworks: https://vimeo.com/isabellearvers > > Pleade Trainer: solution for digital heritage valorisation > https://pleade.com/?locale=en > > Twitter: @zabarvers > instagram.com/zabarvers <http://instagram.com/zabarvers> > Skype ID: iarvers > Wattsap: +33 661 998 386 > > > Le mar. 24 mars 2020 à 08:30, Annie Abrahams via NetBehaviour > <firstname.lastname@example.org > <mailto:email@example.com>> a écrit : > > sorry Ruth (and others) it is Paris time (CET, UTC+1) > ----------------------- > > Now weekly Distant Feelings (Friday 16h) and Distant > Movements (Wednesday 16h) sessions of 15 min. Open to all. > *intra/rupt/rompre* > > https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/invitation-intra-rupt-rompre/ > *intra/rompre/rupt* > https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/intra-rompre-rupt/ > > > > On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 5:49 PM Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour > <firstname.lastname@example.org > <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: > > Thank you for the news Annie, Helen, James, Edward, Ann, > and Alan, > > It seems we are all most preoccupied with trying to work > out what is correct behaviour - including how to > negotiate our feelings towards the situation and each > other. > The details from all of you are fascinating and helpful. > > More please :) > > And Annie, please can you put a time zone on your > Distant Feelings events. > > Warmly > Ruth > > > > > > On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM Annie Abrahams via > NetBehaviour <firstname.lastname@example.org > <mailto:email@example.com>> wrote: > > Hi all, > > In France we have been in confinement for about a > week. I myself even longer, because I am at risk. > In Holland they are slacker, which I thought to be > "stupid" - there is also very much attention to and > interest in "the economy" that must go on. France, > although also trying to keep "it" up, seems a bit > more social. At least that is what I conclude when > reading online journals from both countries, the > tone is different. > I thought the Dutch a bit selfish. But after this > week I am not so sure anymore they didn't take the > right option. Dutch people still seem to be > optimistic, just going on, almost happy, while some > French friends are starting to show signs of > depression - lack of contact, lack of being able to > use the body, too immersed in the screen, that also > gives solace, so even more immersed ... it is very > difficult when you don't have a garden .... > What seems to be important (part of a solution) is > to use online connexions, not just to talk, but to > try to find ways to *do* something together. Last > Saturday I assisted in an improvised poetry reading. > It was energising. > > Stay safe all > Annie > > Ps > From this week we organise > weekly *Distant Feelings* (Friday 16h) and *Distant > Movements* (Wednesday 16h) sessions of 15 min. Open > to all. > *intra/rupt/rompre* > > https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/invitation-intra-rupt-rompre/ > *intra/rompre/rupt* > > https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/intra-rompre-rupt/ > > > > On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 11:11 PM Helen Varley > Jamieson <he...@creative-catalyst.com > <mailto:he...@creative-catalyst.com>> wrote: > > here's an update from aotearoa new zealand: > > we are officially at "level 2" alert, which > means social distancing, no non-essential > travel, all community spaces like libraries, > swimming pools, etc are closed. schools are > still open, but it is being hotly debated > whether/when they should also be closed. so far > all covid19 cases are still connected to > overseas travel, but it's tracking up quickly & > there must be community transmission even if > it's not yet confirmed. > > from what i can observe here (in dunedin, small > southern university town), people are being > quite sensible. there's no panic buying in our > local supermarket, & the streets are quiet but > not empty. just now on the radio there is an > interview with some university students who are > offering to bring groceries etc for elderly & > people in isolation. community in action :) my > 86-year-old mother is reluctantly staying home - > all her activities like U3A & exercise class > have been cancelled anyway, & her beloved > library bus won't be coming to her > neighbourhood. she has an abundant vegie garden > & bursting freezer so no need to go out for a > while! > > unfortunately my partner & i have to travel > tomorrow - we're flying up to another small town > in the north island to empty out the house of an > uncle who died in february. at the moment, > non-essential travel is discouraged but not > forbidden, so we are hoping that we can get this > job done as it's been a huge planning exercise. > it's not a creative project, but i really > resonate with ruth about furtherfield's > situation - all of the planning that goes into > it & then all of the work to change / adapt in > such a rapidly changing situation ... it's > exhausting & depressing. our lives as artists > are precarious all the time so we're used to > existing in a state of adaptability anyway, but > now we're being pushed even further :/ > > i am personally pretty relieved that i was > already having a self-inflicted freelancer's > sabbatical for the first 6-months of this year, > so i haven't got any work lined up to get > cancelled. however the trip home is certainly > not turning out the way i expected! & i have no > idea whether i'll get back to germany at the end > of july ... at least that is still a long way > away, & we are a lot better off on these distant > islands than in the middle of the epicentre! > munich is in total lockdown & our house-sitters > sent video of civil defence vans driving through > deserted streets broadcasting instructions to > stay indoors. quite surreal! > > take care everyone, & if you need some socially > distanced social interaction, come along to the > Pandemic Party in UpStage this evening - 8am > monday morning UK time. > > https://upstage.org.nz/?event=pandemic-party-and-open-walkthrough > > h : ) > > On 23.03.20 07:51, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour > wrote: >> Hi Ruth and everyone, >> >> Actually work hasn't been so bad. We've gone >> from mainly face-to-face consultations to what >> they call 'total triage' - nobody gets to see >> the doctor without him telephoning them first >> - within the space of a week. The nurse is >> still seeing people: you can't do things like >> blood tests and dressings over the telephone. >> But she has to wear the protective gear - face >> mask, gown, gloves - and change it once every >> few patients; and we've cancelled all the >> non-urgent stuff, like diabetic checks and >> asthma checks, the aim being to only have one >> or two people in the surgery at a time, not >> counting the staff. >> >> The local chemist has gone into meltdown. >> Everybody is panic-ordering their medication >> all at once. I went past the chemist on >> Saturday morning and the queue of people >> trying to get prescriptions was out the door. >> Lots of people are jumping ship from the local >> chemist to online pharmacies like Pharmacy2U, >> because the online pharmacies are set up to do >> home deliveries; but the elderly, who are the >> ones who really need home deliveries because >> they're the ones who can least afford to catch >> the virus, are least likely to make this move >> because they're the least techno-savvy section >> of society. There are other people who can >> help them out, though - 'social prescribing', >> which is where we direct patients to 'helping >> hand' agencies, has suddenly gone from being a >> peripheral thing to a front-and-centre option. >> >> Two things we're trying to get up and running >> are video consultations and remote working. We >> were given a laptop about a year ago by the >> Health Authority, which works off a VPN link, >> and the idea is that if you're at home and >> stick your smart card in it, you can log into >> the clinical system at the surgery and see >> patient records and do electronic prescribing >> and stuff just as if you were there. This >> would be brilliant, especially if David (the >> doctor) has to self-isolate at some point but >> still feels well enough to work - but the VPN >> licence has run out. We contacted the IT >> department to get it renewed once the crisis >> started to get serious, about ten days ago >> now, but of course they've been overwhelmed, >> so they haven't sorted it out for us yet. >> >> As regards video consultations - which would >> be really useful for things like people with >> rashes - we've managed to get these working >> via mobile phones, but it's very glitchy >> because the WiFi at the surgery keeps going >> wrong. Either it doesn't work at all, or it >> works with no internet connection, which has >> been pretty much how it's been ever since we >> had WiFi put in. The other option is to do >> video consultations on a desktop or laptop >> computer: there's a startup tech company >> called Nye, based in Oxford, which offers this >> for free, and we got it up and running on >> David's desktop, which is equipped with a USB >> camera - but then the camera immediately went >> wrong. This is pretty much how things work in >> the NHS. If the technology was in place and >> reliable, we could do a whole lot more. >> >> The most frustrating thing for me and David, I >> think, is the sheer volume of updates we're >> being sent. If I see one more email titled >> 'Covid-19 - urgent - for immediate action' I'm >> going to do an act of violence. You physically >> cannot keep up with all this stuff when the >> phone is constantly ringing and you've got a >> million other things to deal with. And the >> lack of testing is frustrating too. We've got >> a nurse who's been off for a week with >> Coronavirus-style symptoms, but of course we >> don't know whether it really is the >> Coronavirus or not - so if she comes back to >> work and then gets another sore throat, she'll >> have to self-isolate for another week. >> >> On the other hand in some ways it's kind of >> exhilarating. Suddenly we've been given a >> licence to ignore all the bureaucratic crap we >> usually spend our time struggling with, and >> that's quite liberating; and the pace at which >> we've managed to reorganize our services, with >> a lot of cooperation from the patients, it has >> to be said, has been startling. >> >> On a personal level my main concern has been >> shopping. I go to bed worrying about whether >> I'm going to be able to get any food in the >> shops the next day. I've done all right so >> far, but I normally don't get up to the Co-Op, >> which is our local supermarket, until after >> three o'clock, and by that time there's >> virtually nothing on the shelves; so I've been >> having to dodge out of work and make special >> trips up there at about 9.30, once I've got >> somebody else to cover the front desk. The >> other thing is that my demented Mum is in a >> care home a few miles from here, and they've >> closed their doors to visitors, so instead of >> going to see her twice a week, all of a sudden >> I'm not seeing her at all, which is a big >> change to my routine. >> >> You do get very fed up with the stupidity of >> the public at times, especially where things >> like panic buying and panic ordering of >> prescriptions are concerned. You think to >> yourself 'This is what we're like now - people >> have been brainwashed to be consumers, not >> citizens - they don't know how to act >> responsibly towards one another any more'. >> Then you come across people who are being >> really unselfish and helpful towards one >> another, and you realize that things are a lot >> more nuanced than that. And when I do get up >> to the Co-Op, everybody's giving everybody >> else elbow-bumps and making jokes about the >> state of things, and you think to yourself 'Oh >> well, at least there's one good thing about >> Britain - we do have a sense of humour'. You >> find yourself chatting to strangers, and you >> feel closer to the people who you already >> know, because there's a sense of all being in >> it together. Then something really annoying >> happens, or you have to deal with somebody >> who's being completely self-centred and >> unreasonable, and you're back to wanting to >> throttle everyone again. >> >> Edward >> >> >> On 22/03/2020 15:14, Ruth Catlow via >> NetBehaviour wrote: >>> Hello all, >>> >>> This last couple of weeks have been full of >>> chaos and uncertainty for us in the UK - and >>> much longer for others. >>> >>> The sudden shut down is clearly distributing >>> immediate and extreme hardship very unevenly. >>> >>> I personally found the indefinite >>> postponement of Furtherfield's 2020 'Love >>> Machines' programme last Monday (in the week >>> we had planned to announce everything) >>> incredibly hard to do, and to handle. I know >>> we will adapt and find another way to make >>> things work, but that doesn't stop it being >>> incredibly disappointing, frustrating and >>> disorientating. >>> >>> I'm now starting to adjust but I wanted to >>> share this personal (non-life-threatening) >>> experience with you because I would like to >>> hear more from everyone about how the Corona >>> virus is effecting them, so we can build a >>> better picture, beyond the numbers and the >>> public announcements, to understand how >>> things are changing. And most of all it would >>> just be good to know how everyone is doing >>> (from regular contributors to all lurkers). >>> >>> Warmly >>> Ruth >>> >>> >>> -- >>> Co-founder & Artistic director of >>> Furtherfield & DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab >>> +44 (0) 77370 02879 >>> >>> *Furtherfield *disrupts and democratises art >>> and technology through exhibitions, labs & >>> debate, for deep exploration, open tools & >>> free thinking. >>> furtherfield.org <http://www.furtherfield.org/> >>> >>> *DECAL* Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, >>> blockchain & web 3.0 technologiesresearch hub >>> >>> for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural >>> ecologies & economies now. >>> >>> decal.is <http://www.decal.is> >>> >>> Furtherfield is a Not-for-Profit Company >>> Limited by Guarantee >>> >>> Registered in England and Wales under the >>> Company No.7005205. >>> >>> Registered business address: Carbon >>> Accountancy, 80-83 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET. >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> NetBehaviour mailing list >>> NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org >>> <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> >>> >>> https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour >> >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> NetBehaviour mailing list >> NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org >> <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> >> >> https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > -- > > helen varley jamieson > > he...@creative-catalyst.com > <mailto:he...@creative-catalyst.com> > http://www.creative-catalyst.com > http://www.upstage.org.nz > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > > > -- > Co-founder & Artistic director of Furtherfield & DECAL > Decentralised Arts Lab > +44 (0) 77370 02879 > > *Furtherfield *disrupts and democratises art and > technology through exhibitions, labs & debate, for deep > exploration, open tools & free thinking. > furtherfield.org <http://www.furtherfield.org/> > > *DECAL* Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & > web 3.0 technologiesresearch hub > > for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies > & economies now. > > decal.is <http://www.decal.is> > > Furtherfield is a Not-for-Profit Company Limited by > Guarantee > > Registered in England and Wales under the Company > No.7005205. > > Registered business address: Carbon Accountancy, 80-83 > Long Lane, London, EC1A 9ET. > > > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > > > -- > ============================ > anto...@hellocatfood.com <mailto:anto...@hellocatfood.com> > http://www.hellocatfood.com > ============================ > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > <mailto:NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org> > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > > > _______________________________________________ > NetBehaviour mailing list > NetBehaviour@lists.netbehaviour.org > https://lists.netbehaviour.org/mailman/listinfo/netbehaviour > -- Aileen Derieg a.der...@eliot.at Blog Living With Plan B: http://livingwithplanb.derieg.com Website: http://eliot.at
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