Creative Responses to the Changing COVID-19 Crisis

A journal of my musings and creative responses to this rapidly evolving crisis.

June 6, 2020 | Protest II

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June 1, 2020 | PROTEST I

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May 31, 2020 | Connected loneliness

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May 29, 2020 | TEOTWAWKI

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Insecure, disrupted, upended, disoriented, deprived, restricted, groundless, afloat, overwhelmed, worried, furious, traumatic. That is, The End Of The World As We Know It.

May 12, 2020 | questions

Two honest questions to ask.

An Honest Question

An Honest Question

May 10, 2020 | Infected Instructions

Infected Instructions is an online archive where people share their creative responses to the changing crisis through instructional art following the legacy of Fluxus event scores in the 1960s. This are my contributions to the online exhibition. Visit www.infectedinstructions.org to read more.

May 9, 2020 | A poem written in isolation

A short poem I wrote to express how I feel right now, in the face of extended city lockdown and lengthy quarantine that millions of people in the New York City are going through. English translation is here.

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April 6, 2020 | Curating on online exhibition

IMMEMORY: On COVID-19 is live at www.covid-immemory.com. Excited to launch an online exhibition aimed at co-curating with the public meaningful pieces that reflect thoughtfully on this unprecedented crisis.

Many of the issues unmasked by the current COVID-19 outbreak will remain with us throughout the 21st century. To name one, it’s becoming clear that our failures to understand other people and cultures’ perspectives are exacerbating prejudice and leading to catastrophic decisions. As the current COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly and profoundly shaking up the world, art remains a vital force to document history and above all, to cultivate empathy across cultures and ideologies.

Extreme situations emphasize the good and bad of humanities. I’m developing an online exhibition, “On COVID-19: IMMEMORY”, a collection of born-digital creations, memos, ideas, media posts, and fragments of our everyday life responding directly to the COVID-19 outbreak. The project aims to facilitate sharing of what we are living through and how we feel in the midst of this unprecedented moment.

“IMMEMORY” in the sense that the current crisis produces many artifacts that quickly get forgotten, that narratives are changing rapidly, that our perceptions are constantly shifting.

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April 1, 2020 | High Fashion

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March 27, 2020 | Sketches

Infodemic, Isocialation, Cancelled Events.

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March 24, 2020 | Paintings

In response to the tragedies happening around the world.

March 21, 2020 | Digital Collage

I’ve been reading and reflecting a lot recently on the China-US relationship and its implications in this pandemic.

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March 16, 2020 | Trump’s Twitterverse

President Trump @realDonaldTrump is following 47 accounts on Twitter, a collection of family members, conservative pundits, administration officials and Trump-brand properties who collectively creating an obvious echo chamber.

When President Trump opens his own Twitter feed, he scrolls through something that offers a very different assessment about the pandemic and how the Trump administration is doing.

What do they say about the pandemic? How does President Trump’s social media bubble look like? To find it out, I created a Twitter account solely for the reason of following the exact same 47 accounts that President Trump are following.

In a nutshell, from the Trump’s perspective: 

Narrative #1:  I’m doing a great job

Narrative #2:  This is China’s fault 

Narrative #3:  Dems would be worse

Narrative #4:  The media (excluding Fox News) is fueling the panic

Narrative #5:  But there is no reason to panic because I’m doing a great job

Btw, Twitter @QuietTrump, password: quietdonaldtrump1You may login to this account too.

Feb 8, 2020 | In Memorial of Dr Li Wenliang

Live at this link is a piece of net art I created in memorial of COVID-19 whistleblower Dr Wenling Li.

The Backstory of Dr Li & COVID-19 at its early stage:

On 30 December 2019, Dr Li Wenliang posted in his medical school alumni group on the Chinese messaging app WeChat that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and were quarantined in his hospital in Wuhan. He sent a message to fellow doctors in a chat group warning them to wear protective clothing to avoid infection. Four days later he was summoned to the Public Security Bureau where he was told to sign a letter. In the letter he was accused of “making false comments” that had “severely disturbed the social order”. He was one of several medics targeted by police for trying to blow the whistle on the deadly virus in the early weeks of the outbreak.

Dr Li later contracted the virus himself. He was hospitalized on January 12 and tested positive for the coronavirus on February 1. On February 7, a wave of anger and grief flooded Chinese social media site Weibo when news of Dr Li’s death broke. Many posted under the hashtag “Can you manage, do you understand?” – a reference to the letter Dr Li was told to sign where he was accused of disturbing “social order”. The top two trending hashtags on the website were “Wuhan government owes Dr Li Wenliang and apology” and “We want freedom of speech”. Both hashtags were quickly censored.