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Twenty Instructions for COVID-19 Charlott Isobel Dazan (MFA SC 2020)


In loving memory of Raymond Queneau.

⇒    There will be no news in the morning.
⇒    So, you have one room. NO! You don’t! Separate the room into a grid system. Now you have a living room, a bedroom, and a studio. Congrats, you are officially part of the tiny house movement.

Photograph by the author.

⇒    A bed is a bed you say. Nay. A bed is a ship, you’re a pirate and the blinds are now sails. Need a pirate hat, make one out of paper. Ship ahoy! Problem solved.
⇒    Rain and shine: go outside, this is non-negotiable. Bring your camera and a sketchpad. Walk the same route several times but force yourself to see it differently. (Rules of walking: one day only walk on the left side, other on the right, next in the middle, walk backwards, or pretend you’re Bowie and Jagger … dancing in the street. Avoid all shadows, walk only in the light. Take one step forward and three to the side. Walk with your head up, or down, or sideways—see what happens.)
⇒    Spot dogs.
⇒    Talk to a tree.
⇒    Throw stones.
⇒    The strange kid in the house is a surrealist hero, be inspired; canons shoot bicycle seats, Breton, go to bed!
⇒    Feeling the funk: watch Futurama.
⇒    Pretend you’re a private detective, or better yet, be one! You have a camera, it’s a bad one, but still … Set out on a mission.
⇒    Don’t sweat your style … yes you have many. Just create and see what happens.
⇒    This is a journalist haven. Be one. Document the changes, they can be small, but … Just be brave and do it.
⇒    The solitude is a killer: watch Futurama.
⇒    So, you haven’t seen people in weeks: create some on paper.
⇒    Set aside time every day to daydream.
⇒    Feeling nervous touch your knee, still feeling nervous continue towards the nose.
⇒    Lose yourself in photoshop. You are not allowed to edit mistakes, instead embrace them.
⇒    One photo should not take more than five minutes to make. Set a timer.
⇒    Go treasure hunting, use what you find in your sculptural photos.
⇒    Let your hands do the thinking.
⇒    Take at least one photo every day. Write. Draw.
⇒    So, you lost your immediate future in a week: LAUGH! And then put a hat on a banana. Let’s party!
 


  1. Call for Submissions
  2. 3.29.20 Irina V. Wang
  3. Let Yourself Be Lifted Jackie Scott
  4. Art Is Everything Jen Liese
  5. Two Poems Ella Rosenblatt
  6. Living Room Dance Party Ariel Wills
  7. On Walking When Walking Is Advised Against Keavy Handley-Byrne
  8. Untitled Cita Devlin
  9. Ads in Corona Hannah Oatman
  10. COVID-19 and Communitas Elaine Lopez
  11. A Time for Pie Elizabeth Burmann
  12. How to Stay Motivated When You’re Stuck at Home Clarisse Angkasa
  13. Coerced Harmony (A Tour) Hammad Abid
  14. Zooming In and Out Tongji Philip Qian
  15. [Form] Ciara Carlyle
  16. Hi.txt Dan Luo
  17. A poem about boredom, a composite Maixx Culver-Hagins
  18. Eyewitness News Tristram Lansdowne
  19. Distance Maps Marcus Peabody
  20. Therapeutic Suggestion Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi
  21. Keep Your Heart Six Feet Away From Mine (and other moments) Arielle Eisen
  22. Twenty Instructions for COVID-19 Charlott Isobel Dazan
  23. Cuerno 1 y 2 Yan Diego Estrella Wilson
  24. A Monolith of Grief Regarding the Absence of Touches, or Letter to a Future Lover García Sinclair
  25. Coronavirus by the Thousands Drew Dodge
  26. Two Poems Kathryn Li
  27. Beds Are Burning Aleks Dawson
  28. Still Lifes Yidan Wang
  29. Fragments of Seva Jagdeep Raina
  30. Packing Up and Staying Woojin Kim
  31. Chronic Pain and Fermentation Ralph Davis
  32. Quarantine Letters Hannah Moore
  33. Sounds of Silence: An Isolation Soundscape Dara Benno
  34. 14 Day Detox for Designers Erica Silver

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