Distanced Bodies observes social distancing through the lens of micro fictions as it showcases subjective models of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking place in an anomalous space, a temporary frozen reality. If we put everything on hold, are these the standards? This question resonates through scenes of daily life recreated from widely accessible images. The created narratives act as models of distancing, showing possible next steps. People are replaced by mannequin dummies, test-proofing each situation and the realities deriving from it. The question arises: How do we remain human whilst having to…
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Distanced Bodies

Clara Ormieres and Mathilde Philipponnat

Distanced Bodies observes social distancing through the lens of micro fictions as it showcases subjective models of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking place in an anomalous space, a temporary frozen reality. If we put everything on hold, are these the standards? This question resonates through scenes of daily life recreated from widely accessible images. The created narratives act as models of distancing, showing possible next steps. People are replaced by mannequin dummies, test-proofing each situation and the realities deriving from it. The question arises: How do we remain human whilst having to act as though we weren’t? Six movies hang in time and space, offering an anomalous extra dimensional space inspecting reality where standards of distancing have become laws of physics that govern the relation between bodies and environment. Considering widely-spread images of distancing, where are we heading?

Credits

CGI Assistant: Stijn Stumpel

Sound Design: Tibo Vincent-Ducimetière

Additional Material

Google Spreadsheet of 318 Distancing Photos March to May 2020 Link

References

Benjamin Bratton, “18 Lessons of Quarantine Urbanism,” Strelka Mag, March 4, 2020. Link

Daniel A. Galson and Peter N. Swift. “Scenario Development for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant: Building Confidence in the Assessment,” United States Department of Energy, July 1994. Link

Gideon Lichfield, “This is what it will take to get us back outside,” MIT Technology Review, April 12, 2020. Link

HRD Bacot, "dapet dari grup WA cara naik lift yang aman," Twitter, March 17, 2020. Link

MSC Software, “Interaction between droplets and fluids during sneeze using Cradle CFD,” YouTube, April 9, 2020. Link

“OSU researchers examine social distancing models, encourage caution,” OSU News and Information, April 7, 2020. Link

Slavoj Žižek, “Tribune. Surveiller et punir ? Oh oui, s’il vous plaît!” L’Obs, March 18, 2020. Link

Bio

Clara Ormières (BA Man and Communication, 2018) and Mathilde Philipponnat (BA Man and Activity, 2019) explore a parallel world where the realm of social distancing images is transformed into CGI narratives, depicting what once was and still could be our reality.

Contacts

mathildephilipponnat.com Link

@dreamsworkgeorge Link

claraormieres.com Link

@claraormiair Link