VIRUS 2020 – a daily journal, writings and photographs
Virus 2020 started in January, long before I knew it was going to become an ongoing project. From February I was documenting the progress of the pandemic and my daily experiences. I explore both personal and social/economic ramifications, from a regional and global perspective. We were lucky, hardly affected here (so far). As usual, I celebrate the natural environment that surrounds me. In this time of lockdown, and pandemic, it’s important to appreciate what you have and to think about what the future should look like.
Everything changed in 2020. We know the world will tally more deaths, that economies will probably crash off the rails. We also know that the rate we were consuming the planet’s resources was unsustainable. The environment may be better off in the short term.
Nothing changed in 2020. Many hope that this is a pause enabling us to re-evaluate just where our liberal democracies, late capitalism’s web of multinational corporations, mass communication and global finance, and capital’s blanket appropriations, are taking the world. I doubt it – but artists and writers can help re-calibrate values, knowledge, interests and attitudes.
I haven’t had the time to upload the journal every day – 133 days are uploaded here, plus a few early posts about pandemics.