Centre for Modern Studies
Monday 29 June 2020, 9.00AM
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the world has experienced a dramatic change, whose effects have infiltrated the cultural, social, political, and economic spheres. The real – the way we live, work, communicate, and socialise – has mainly turned into the virtual. In order to adjust to the new normality, both individuals and institutions have had to make significant changes in the way activities are conducted.
Despite the rigid lockdown measures restricting physical movement, people’s imaginative and original responses to these regulations have proven that creativity knows no borders. Whether by redecorating famous art works with facemasks and toilet paper, crocheting Covid-19 shaped dolls, or producing Coronavirus street art, these new responses to the physical and mental challenges brought about by the pandemic are informing and profoundly shaping contemporary art practices.
The aim of CModS Artistic Practices is to encourage new modes of thinking about the pandemic through diverse forms of creative art. In doing so, it seeks to open a dialogue among York postgraduates about this current global crisis and to encourage creative, innovative, and meaningful communication across academic communities during the lockdown. This project invited creative responses to the pandemic from York Masters and PhD students. Each creative response tells a personal and/or shared story about the experience of the pandemic.