Connection: Synapse & Reality, by Danh Nguyen
Quarantine Tales, by Sean Cole
I like to cope with self-isolation the way I cope with most other things. I ignore the problem fully and do things that keep me busy until it blows over. Today, it’s brought two different comics about what I’ve been doing to keep busy and a video that’s a time capsule of when things were “more normal”.
Stillness is a Lie, by Madi Staten
The asteroids turn traitor in the air,
And planets plot with old elliptic cunning;
Clocks cry: stillness is a lie, my dear.
– To Eva Descending the Stair, Sylvia Plath
Portals, by Jindi Zhang
Within quarantine—well, even before this pandemic—I’ve been drawn to images of insects, honey, and amber. So when asked to make art that captures this moment, I decided to revisit these images. In making this piece, I thought about what it feels to be trapped to some degree—within our rooms, asked not to leave—while knowing that others are trapped in far brutal conditions, behind a jail cell because they were too poor to pay bail, sitting in a detention center for leaving one country to try to find home in another. There are days where the grief feels abundant—the things to grieve—endless. Lately have been reminded that the small deaths we allowed first within ourselves and then within close relationships, eventually ripples out to rationalizing state-sanctioned violence, believing when capitalism says certain people are “disposable”—all these things ultimately continuing the project of U.S Empire. As Adrienne Marie Brown said “how we are at the small scale is how we are at the large scale” so “what we practice at the small scale sets the patterns for the whole system”. With this series of pieces, I wanted to make work inspired by these concepts and play with feelings of entrapment, stuckness, freedom, and flight—asking the viewer to fight for a world where all of us are free.
Coal, a Woody Tree, & Sun, by Aidan Robinson
Coal: Miners, Non Renewable Energy, Electricity Generation, Steel Production, Liquid Fuel
A Woody Tree: Leaf, Oxygen, Purify Air, Wood, Wildlife, Photosynthesis
Sun: Vitamin D, Space, Orbit, Solar Energy, Warmth
Precipitation, by Zachary Seltzer
What are clouds if not just water? Why can’t our data and information be contained in what comes from clouds, other forms of water? Rain, snow, the whole ocean?
Disconnected, by Kaylie Reynolds
This series depicts a character experiencing a virtual reality collapse forcing them to exit the VR world to face the real world they ignored for so long. The realization of total collapse and neglect of our earth comes to the character and viewer. Using our technology has benefits, but using it for false security with the ability to ignore the climate and ecological collapse of our planet is not useful.
Playtime, Carly Vroom
I wanted to convey how normal activities carry on but largely people remain unfocused on their contributions to global warming; especially, children who are ignorant of the burden generations past has put into place which are extremely difficult to counteract.
Defeat the Purpose, Astrid Shiwen
Imagine if you have a high tech glasses/ VR, but it is filled with advertisements rather than helpful features.
Artificial Intel, Christian Heidenreich
In a new digital age, the use of artificial intelligence to read humans can give us a back-sided insight into our own behaviors and attitudes, whether perceived or not.
Zoomytoons, by Christianna Dyer
What Just Happened, Rebecca Bogantz
This art piece is an attempt to interpret life during this pandemic. It is broken down into three phases, the first phase being the initial changes of school closures, lockdowns, job losses, and everything else taken away within the blink of an eye. The second phase is the panic, showing societies true colors where greed and selfishness begins to drive their actions. The last phase is the brighter side, where acts that were once taken for granted such as quality family time or creativity outside of technology is restored. The overwhelming headlines are almost too fast to take in, just like they were in real time.