Introducing Quarantine Connections
When the pandemic hit, I contacted my long-time collaborator, Nathaniel Stern, to see if he was interested in doing a Networked Art project that addressed Covid-19 in some sort of way. We were soon joined by Chris Butzen and the three of looked at this question:
How might we create a sense of physical connection in a time of social distancing?
We came up with a project called: Quarantine Connections, which uses hand-written letters to bring distant strangers together, while we are all “staying in place” during the pandemic.
I hope that you will Sign up to receive an individualized note or card from someone you’ve never met.
You can ask for a letter for yourself or anyone else, as long as you participate by sending out your own envelope to another quarantined community-member. Everyone pays it forward. Be seen and feel connected, and provide the same for someone else, with no further obligation from any party involved.
Quarantine Connections uses the intimacy of individually crafted letters – and receiving hand-delivered mail in your own safe space — to establish empathy across isolated peoples.
I'm thrilled to be involved with this project and we've spent many weeks developing it, thinking through privacy issues, designing a strong UX experience and beta-testing it to work out the kinks.
We're hoping to develop at user-base that is excited about the analog letter-exchange. And, I hope you enjoy it as well.