We are still here // Rydyn ni dal yma

preview 28 March 2020

We’ve been a bit quiet at g39 since we closed the doors in the middle of RATTRAPxg39 leaving behind a half-built, re-configured space and a lot of plans.

We just wanted to put out something, anything, to let you know where we’re at.

We’re definitely still at the trying-to-pull-things-together stage with our small team of five making work-life fit a (changed) home-life with new responsibilities for care and schooling, varying degrees of space / internet connectivity and communications.

The immediate pressures to transform our programme overnight into something new and online didn’t feel right. The idea that we were anywhere normal and that watching a screen was an adequate mimic for the socially driven things we had programmed felt a bit useless in isolation and hiding. It didn’t feel like the time to flood an already-full information stream with new things while we are still working out what they are.

We have had to answer a lot of questions - to furlough or not to furlough? What business support that was/is offered are we eligible for? Not much apparently. How long can we last in a three-six-nine month scenario while we pay for the upkeep of an empty building? How can we use the resources we have to support others - especially when those resources are shut away?

We are committing to honour any artist agreements we already have in place and any freelancer that has been invited to work for us, whether or not that work can now happen. Everything that was programmed is still programmed, but postponed. Our plan is to pick up where we left off as soon as it is safe to do that,

We are trying to work out what we are left with to programme in the interim – and to understand what this programme should do. We will continue offering one-to-ones and will keep any information we have flowing through the warp bulletins.

We are still here, trying to keep some plans active as circumstances change and attending to all those things we can still do.

Performing public ‘busy-ness’ in the face of so much uncertainty didn’t feel normal. Perhaps in the rush to return to normal we can use the time to see clearly which bits of normal are the ones to keep.