One lung for all
The COVID-19 pandemic, on the one hand, is a global emergency. On the other, it is about the personal experience of isolation familiar to many people.
The best way to alleviate the situation is to stay at home. The best way to find out about current events in the world or in your city is to monitor the stream of inconsistent news, reports, daily statistics of those infected, dead, and recovered from the virus. That leads into even greater suspense, making it difficult to build a predictable picture of what is happening.
During the pandemic, I began to create a visual diary of the “transformation” of the world, which I observed from the window of my apartment. I studied the daily news agenda and external processes: how they were rebuilt, gained new forms, and inevitably affected the usual rhythm of life and while being felt on a personal level.
Since June the quarantine is officially lifted in Moscow but some restrictions are still in place. The consequences of forced social distancing and being in a confined space are similar to the transition period in the offseason, when someone has already put on a T-shirt and someone else keeps wearing a down jacket. But now, disunity is evident in decisions whether to go to usual places or to postpone plans, to wear a mask or not, to use public transport, to determine the safe distance when in contact with others. But at the same time, this collective turmoil produces new forms of commonality.
The project is a private response to the collective experience of the “disease”: the study of “symptoms”, “side effects”, and the state of persistent anxiety as a pronounced post-traumatic syndrome.
However, if you wish, you can create a mini-garden or a greenhouse right in the apartment.
Due to the lack of tourists, the water became clear in the canals of Venice, fish and even dolphins appeared there. In China, quarantine led to better air quality in Beijing and other megacities. It even gave occasion to some environmentalists to talk about the benefits of coronavirus: supposedly the number of people potentially saved by improving the environment's conditions exceeded the number of people who have died from the virus.
Pandemic is war. It would not end quickly, but it would be a painful long trench warfare. Here the winner would be the one who would better calculate his or her reserves, prepare them, and strengthen his or her position.
Using the analysis of big data, the authorities can organize tracking of infected people, analyze the locations of smartphone owners, the transactions they performed with their bank cards, data on tickets purchased, and many other bits of information. This allows them to track the routes of movement of the infected person and people with whom he or she has been in close contact.
Thanks to the pandemic, romance has appeared in online relationships, Gazeta.ru proclaims.
There are many other different ways one finds in the regional news.
Chelyabinsk citizens, for example, takes holy water in the church to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
- Giorgio Agamben
Making your own bread turned out to be one of the favorite pastimes of Americans who are locked-up at homes, along with video games, TV shows, and alcohol consumption. Rather unexpectedly and even surprising to themselves, thanks to Instagram, amateur bakers have now become the new influencers of the pandemic era.