ONE ARTICLE X DAY UNTIL THE END
Spring Break is the current iteration of Fall Semester, a project created in the Summer of 2013 by a group of visual artists, bringing together a diverse group of theorists, critics, researchers, visual artists, and interested individuals to engage in multifaceted discourse on contemporary society and culture available across multiple platforms.
Spring Break 2020—developed by artists Odalis Valdivieso, Felice Grodin, and Angela Valella—departs from the architecture of the lockdown, which has altered the way we interact with each other by intensifying the use of the keyboard—for i.e. online streaming, internet subscriptions, shopping, museum tours, concerts, video conferences, online education, and even sexuality. This has alienated us from the corporeality of our bodies (fear of the virus), as well as the social bodies at large (our communities). In addition, many are experiencing the virus itself. This is a reminder that we are mortal and that our very lives are at stake. We must consider the value of our lives. What can be said about mutual aid, solidarity, empathy, love, introspection, spirituality, beauty, truth, pleasure, solitude, and dignity? After all, when this is ‘over’, the new normal will come with baggage carrying the most profound existential and metaphysical affairs. What are we then going to do?
Contributors are Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Benjamin Bratton, Leonardo Caffo, Barbara Carnevalli, Iris Cäzilia, Antonieta Cendoya, Emanuele Coccia, Mareike Dittmer, João Exunto, Suzanne Goldenberg, Cornelia Herfurtner, Brad Lauretti, Erika Love, Catherine Malabou, Cleo NH, Jussi Parikka, Matthew Peterson, Andreas Petrossiants, Michael Plant, Paul B. Preciado, Jan Ritsema, Diego del Valle Ríos, Tony D. Sampson, Sandra Sánchez, Peter Singer, Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, Humberto Valdivieso, and Zairong Xiang.