Smirna Kulenovic, Carla Zamora, Indiara Di Benedetto, Tiia Suorsa, Iosune Sarasate
online platform, installation, 2020
COCO-lands is a growing digital archive of international media artists dealing with the global COVID-19 crisis. Starting from March 15th, the participants shared their personal reflections on the various forms of isolation from a variety of geographical contexts: from almost complete isolation in Italy, over the strict measures in Austria, to the serious social consequences in the USA and a permanent isolation on a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. The contributing artists decided to create their digital diaries as a ritual without knowing when the process might end—first and foremost in order to inspire each other against the quarantine of their passions and against the virus as a social epidemic. Thereby they tried to understand and overcome the personal and social anxiety and the repression that are slowly becoming a central element of the current globalized lifestyle.
COCO-lands was initiated by a group of art students from the master program Interface Cultures at The University of Art and Design Linz (AT). Biographies from each artist can be found on the website of COCO-lands: cocolands.xyz. A selection of all diary entries can also be viewed on Instagram: @_coco_lands.
Carla Zamora (AT) – project lead, curation, contributing artist
Smirna Kulenović (BIH) – concept, curation, contributing artist
Indiara Di Benedetto (IT) – graphic design, editorial & social media, contributing artist
Tiia Suorsa (FI) – visual communication & web coordination, contributing artist
Iosune Sasarate (ES) – technological lead, contributing artist