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COVID Folklore

In times of crisis new forms of sociality emerge, new and renewed rituals and customs are forged. This cultural shift is most often underpinned by creativity, by more adaptable and intrinsic modes of practice that emerge from the gaps between art and life. As our stories of lockdown settle into folklore it is time to reappraise the domestic and to better understand the cultural agency of ‘art as it is lived’..

Creativity in a time of COVID Royal Anthropology Society and Folklore Institute

Compositions in response to the
'Reverie' of children at home during Lockdown by Violinist Bethan Frieze

Reverie

Covid-19 defined a period of time in which the usual balance of work and life was interrupted. For some parent/artists, this meant their creative work became inseparably interwoven with their active concerns as a home schoolteacher, as well as a neighbour and a citizen. For many of their neighbours and wider communities, it meant they became more creative, witnessed in paintings of rainbows in nearly every window along every street. For a while, there persisted a new sociality, that interwove art and life, where crocheted scarves were threaded through fences and lampposts and our daily lives were encouraged by an almost protective state of reverie. As the balance tilts back, it is important to identify what was revealed by inhabiting that intervening space.
 

The Irreducible Forces of Home:

Ensemble Art Practices of Parent/Artists during Covid-19, in Creativity in a time of COVID Royal Anthropology Society and Folklore Institute

Irreducible Forces Photographs by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd

Third Space: Photographs by Toril Brancher