England is in the first week of the second lockdown which will last for the duration of this international residency. Two artists, Sally and Svetlana began a conversation to help strengthen each others outlines. They decided to extend this exchange with other artists.
EM Forster’s exhortation to “Only connect” embodies this initiative.
How can we exchange something so fragile like our creative longings with each other through the glass envelope of the screen? Each object presented by participants was a sign or stand in for our practice and creative heartland. We want to nurture and nourish its recovery and ensure its survival with all the gaps and spaces created by the current global pandemic. Participants from across time zones peer out at each other. We peer into each others spaces both internal and external. There are smiles, there is understanding.
Katie Patterson translated Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata into Morse code and sent it to the moon. Returning to earth fragmented by the moons surface, the music was translated into a new score with gaps and absences becoming intervals and rests.
Diana Thater has recently made a work recording the distinctive song of Whale 52 whose songs cannot be understood by his fellow whales. He is nicknamed the loneliest whale in the world.
Glass envelope residents attempt to communicate deep sounds remotely. We seek to connect with each other and our deepest selves. It feels good.