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We Are Not Alone (Documentary)

A global arts community project that shares the voices of creatives who answer a simple question: How is the Covid-19 lockdown affecting you and your art?

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The Covid-19 lockdown challenged me to think differently about art in terms of community and mental health. On one level, apart from our safety, our self-isolation has granted us an invaluable opportunity for introspection and going back to basics, which are areas so often neglected in our busy lives. Yet with the uncertainty of how long this global lockdown will last, our and our loved ones well-being, and the short and long term instability it has on the economy which will impact our livelihoods, this can be a frustrating, stressful and anxious time for a great many of us.

In our isolation it has never been more important for us to know that we are not alone in our circumstances, and to be able to have the chance to hear and share our story with others, despite the lack of physical contact. Thereby it was with this philosophy in mind that I founded “We Are Not Alone”: an arts and culture community project that documents the voices of global artists/creatives of all ages and persuasions, in asking them to self-tape with a phone camera their answer to the following universal question:

Tell us about your life during the Covid-19 lock-down — how are you coping, what are you up to, and how is it affecting you and your art ?

Self-tapes are around the 1-5 minutes mark, and come in all shapes and sizes, from the specific to the elaborate, the glass half-full to the glass half-empty, ranging the personal and impersonal, our expectations, hopes, dreams, fears and anxieties. Furthermore, participants can also employ non-verbal forms of artistic expression, from playing a musical instrument to singing a song, spoken word, poetry and monologues, a sketch, a dance or even abstract art... the person decides their expression of voice.

Footage is then shared on the official Website, Instagram and Facebook during the timeline of this lock down. Further down the road, Elcid believes the aim will be to morph this initiative into a short film and interactive art installation that becomes a source of documentation of this extraordinary time, once the dark clouds of Covid-19 subside...

This is a still young and ongoing project that is open to further contribution, collaboration and elaboration, so if anyone wants to participate or have any other questions, you can reach me here or via info@crimsonblack.com


Wanted

Artists / Creatives

Role status:

Will close on 31 August, 2020

In return for:

Love and learning

We are looking for artists or any one working in the creative industries, who want to share their lockdown experience and also promote themselves and any of their projects in the same video. This is a completely voluntary exercise. Your self-tape will be added to our website and social media, and you will he tagged in the same post. If you want to share your creative voice with the global arts community, be it glass half-full or half-empty, you are most WELCOME to contribute to this ongoing community project.

Timing:

Starts 04 June, 2020

Dates not specifically applicable. Participants can film themselves at any time during the duration of the quarantine.

Location:

Can work remotely

Participants film themselves on their mobile phone, introduce their name, their location and profession, and then reveal how the lockdown has affected them and their art. Answers can be verbal or expressed non-verbally, or both!

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