Lateral Geographies

Lateral Geographies is delighted to announce its first artist-collective-in-residence: Wells Projects.
The residency will grant Wells Projects the opportunity to present Cryptocartography – a map-making collaborative project born out of the global lockdown.

Since the WHO declared a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, bringing the world to a stand still, we have experienced a dramatic restriction of our liberties and a similarly substantial loss of space. The relentless spread of the virus (which has claimed over 3 million victims) has required an unprecedented health response resulting in the spaces (encompassing work, leisure and entertainment) we were long accustomed to occupying being significantly narrowed down.

Within a matter of days, we were to withdraw from our social life and adjust to a new reality of quarantines, shutdowns and closed borders. The impact of Covid-19 on our mental wellbeing is yet to be assessed; however initial studies have confirmed the detrimental effect of the pandemic on different demographics, with increasing cases of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other symptoms of distress. The repercussions are not just merely psychological: a substantial change in volume in different regions of the brain has been observed in people who had been socially isolated for a prolonged time.

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Lateral Geographies is an online residency programme for both digital media artists and those looking to diversify their body of work in creating for an online environment; the programme is also open to curators with a specialism in new media art. [Continue Reading]