Following the launch of MARCH in spring 2020, we published a series of dispatches in slow responses to COVID-19’s long-range impact on the fields of art and the urgent uprisings in the United States and elsewhere addressing police brutality, white supremacy and anti-Black violence globally.
Caitlin Berrigan narrates how living with a virus reveals the structural inequalities of profit-oriented biomedicine.
It is a difficult task to learn how to debunk the myth of ‘protection’ promised by policing, militarization, concrete national borders and governance by finance when our education system operates under the same structures. The emergence of a subject capable of refusing these terms is a primary task of antifascism.
“This protest phase will need to increase its durability to make the kinds of cultural and social transformations needed. It has to grow into a bigger second phase; one that’s focused on the many arrangements of American life that produce black death.” – Design Studio for Social Intervention
Umi Hsu and Theodore (ted) Kerr share their thoughts about the recently published zine “What Does a Covid-19 Doula Do?” within the larger context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and resurgence of powerful Black Lives Matter activism sweeping the world.
How are you doing today? How is your breathing? Have you checked the news yet? Is this what you expected from your year? Do you think we’ll still have elections by the end of it? What have you been cooking? Are you taking the appropriate number of supplements? Are you getting in your steps? Are we living in a failed state? Do you like my YSL knockoff mask my friend sent? What art is bringing you solace? Are you still consolable? Do you want to share a cocktail over FaceTime later? When are we anyway? Are we already too late?
Andrea and James