Miller ICA - Remote Control
Issue 3. - Harm, Care, and The Contemporary Imagination | 7.27.20
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About four months after stay at home orders began, we find ourselves within a globally shifting paradigm. The conditions of the pandemic have converged to emphasize and raise a broader consciousness around the oppressive systems that structure our lives. Led by the organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement, and other activists, the world faces a reckoning.
The inertia of pre-pandemic life helped to enforce the oppressive machinations of day-to-day life, but COVID-19 has presented a disruption to the steady motion of business as usual. The world as it was has been shut down and this has opened up a liminal space to create something new and better. To repair, recover, and to heal from the effects of the harmful systems we’ve lived within will require care-- for ourselves and for each other, as well as for a world that mostly lives in our imaginations, but is already on the way.
Artists play a key role in conjuring this new world. This issue of Remote Control looks at ideas of how healing plays a role in making art, the way art influences how we shape the world around us, different resources for enacting care in our lives, and how we can better understand how to care for each other and for the planet, so when we emerge on the other side of the pandemic, it is into a something better than what we left.
Remotely wishing you
good health and safety,
Elizabeth Chodos, Miller ICA Director