During the Covid-19 lockdown, we 3 Larks & Ravens have created space 2 days a week to work together/apart in exploring and responding to Covid-19 life in all its pain, weirdness and disruptive possibilities.
We are staying focussed on our core interests of value, money and how to upend and rework capitalism away from economic growth fuelled by material consumption and towards better redistribution of wealth to support the common good.
We are trusting in art as “resistance to the logic of making sense” and in drawing and making as a way to gain insight.
We hope our work may trigger different thinking and conversations across a wider audience.
We started by exploring ways to make connection with the outside world from our individual locked down isolated states – high chairs, prancing lambs, sunflower seeds, high rise flats and floating messages on a canal.
Then, rather than concentrating on what we were cut off from, our interest shifted to how we could use this beached and cut-off state to explore the opportunities for change – in valuing, money and capitalist policies – which Covid-19 might enable….
How could we ask people what they would like to see change post Covid-19?
What would their language tell us?
What sacred cows are getting burned?
What might the new forms of value exchange happening between neighbours and friends point to?
How would the recognition of who our key workers actually are change how society pays them?
How might Priti Patel’s point based immigration system change?
Might Universal Basic Income actually happen? What would it change?
What can we, as artists, do to help trigger wider conversations?