Everything This Changes is programming initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut the doors of galleries and many businesses while keeping most of us working at home.
The world we will find when all the restrictions on movement and gatherings are lifted might be very different than the one we left when we locked down in March 2020. Already, as the Himalayas can be seen from New Delhi for the first time in decades and fish swim in the clear waters of Venice’s canals, there is thinking that the pause in the frenetic world economy might lead to action on combatting the destruction of the planet’s ecology.
Many ways of doing things have been altered. Suddenly old habits must be confronted and new ways of doing things imagined. Systems and patterns of circulation are shifting. Old paths are closed off and may never reopen, while others are being forged.
Everything This Changes adds to the Belkin’s online presence as a platform for works of art, research projects, podcasts, interviews, conversations and events. One of our tasks is to explore new relationships and possibilities between embodiment, especially in social space, and the disembodied lives we lead on screen. This relationship has been the subject of critique and speculation since the invention of the telephone and radio. In what ways have artists and thinkers prepared us for thinking about the present crisis? Or to put it another way, how does the present crisis change the way we see and read?
Everything This Changes programming has been made possible with the support of the British Columbia Arts Council’s Arts and Culture Resilience Supplemental Award.
Like most of the world right now, the Belkin is looking at the way we work and wondering how to move forward in this moment of unprecedented change. We are looking at the world through a different lens now – the texts we’ve read are no longer relevant in the same way; the ways we have been working will be forever changed. We’re asking ourselves, what will the art world look like when this is over? How does cultural work proceed when we move to virtual space? What is the status of our collective experience? How are artists imagining production and practice in their changed material conditions? What does intimacy look like? Until we can welcome you back in person, here are just a few ways to connect with us and share our common (and unique) responses to this moment.[more]