In the past few weeks, "quarantine," "isolation," and “social distancing” have all become a part of the vernacular. In some ways our work as LOCULUS was already about social distance. Our creative partnership is about creating despite distance. The Loculus Journal is a project in highlighting connection through critical consideration of the body in an international, cross/multi-disciplinary online journal. Our plan for the journal was to release one curated journal each year but our current circumstances call for flexibility and adaptation.
As we are being asked to distance ourselves physically our creative communities are moving online – folks are teaching through zoom and Instagram live, lists of resources for collaborating and teaching online are being assembled, festivals of cancelled performances and virtual tours of museums are being streamed online. We have always felt that the perspectives of critically engaged artists are essential to all kinds of creative collaborations. It is important to continue to create and share our work despite physical distance and constantly shifting circumstances--while also making space for things to be new and perhaps unpolished.
Notes from Quarantine is an uncurated special edition of The Loculus Journal. It includes a collection of work that answered our very simple question: What are you making/writing/recording during this time of social distancing?
We will continue to upload submissions that we receive until this is over so keep sending us your work. We will accept work of any medium as long as it can be hosted on the internet (writing, visual art, video, sound, something we haven’t imagined yet). The only guideline is that work must have been created during COVID-19 lockdown/quarantine/social distancing. It does not have to be about COVID-19 or quarantine, but it can be. As always, we are particularly interested in ‘dance’ and work that deals with the body and embodiment, but are entirely open to what dance, body, and embodiment mean to each of you.
Stay safe and well,
Madison and Olana