This health crisis seems to be both expansive and contractive. For some time stretches and slows down, for others it compresses and accelerates. For some it means withdrawal, enclosure and rejection, while for others support, advancement and change.
This virus has particular specificities. On one hand, it's necessary to move away from each other to be safe, and on another hand, we are locked in with our loved ones and have to be close to support and help each other. So to adapt to this situation, on one side we need to think globally as a group, and on the other side we have to take action locally as an individual. Isn't it ironic when our actual “operating system” is mostly the opposite ? Based on optimisation instead of balance, our globalized economy makes us more incline to live our lives disconnected from each other. Challenging times are ahead for us.
It might be improper to talk about music or art when health workers are "on the front lines" risking their lives, millions of people are losing their jobs and so many casualties around the world. In fact, that crisis has a terrible effect on independant music artists too. The vital part of our income comes from live acts and dj performances that stopped to stay safe. And it looks like lockdown measures for musical public venues would persist until the end of the year, at the best. Also the future is not set, science might need more time than hoped to find a medical answer to this virus.
However, confinement as well as reaching out to other people is giving us the opportunity to share our creativy and culture. To quote Nina Simone : "How can you be an artist, and not reflect the times ?". This is what Culture precisely is about : openning, exploring, adapting, re-inventing as well as enchanting, touching, rocking and entertaining. Other rhythms, other sounds, other words, other ways of occupying space, other ways of seeing and looking at each other : that's what arts contribute to.
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