LYDIA CHESHEWALLA

SPATIAL INTIMACY

[spatial intimacy]

[OPEN CALL] Spatial Intimacy
An exploration of intimacy and perceptions of space.

Spatial Intimacy is an ongoing curation of conceptual art that explores feelings of proximity in absentia and relies on collective effort to recontextualize how we view connection during a time of physical distancing. As a social response to COVID-19, this project asks participants to examine language, explore how bodies relate across distance, reimagine intimacy, and engage in playfulness and vulnerability through the making of art.


Collective Effort (for participants)
Visit our online gallery on Instagram @spatial_intimacy to engage with various artists' projects, sharing your response by using the corresponding hashtags and tagging @spatial_intimacy or by emailing rootsandash@gmail.com.


Seeking Instruction (for creators)
Spatial Intimacy is looking for conceptual art and liminal events that others can respond to, perform, create, or attend while physically distancing, preferably from the comfort of their own homes. Anyone is welcome to submit; the more unconventional, the better! Looking for ideas such as:

  • Inventions for creating emotional proximity and portals to alternate worlds
  • Technology for long-distance, nature-based communication
  • Tools for measuring non-physical connections
  • Calendars for the new social rhythms created by COVID-19
  • Dates for astral gatherings and organized individual actions


To submit, email your creation’s title, any accompanying images, and a brief explanation of how it is used or engaged with to rootsandash@gmail.com.

Find our gallery online here.

To support this project, please consider donating.

PayPal: rootsandash@gmail.com
Venmo: @lydia-cheshewalla

Social Distancing v. Physical Distancing: A Case for the Power of Language

While physical distancing during a time of pandemic is nothing short of wise, considerate, and responsible, social distancing may lead to feelings of loneliness and disconnect, stress and anxiety, despair, and depression which can result in a lowered immunity to various diseases. Language matters; it is the vehicle for delivering an idea which then informs our thoughts and behaviors. By shifting language here, we can focus on maintaining social intimacy while observing healthy physical distance. The most important and beautiful thing that we can understand during this time is that we're all in this together. We are so inexplicably connected to one another, that not only does it make us susceptible to pandemic, it also makes us resilient towards it - as long as we collaborate towards the goal of collective health.


Social distancing
Used to describe the intentional increasing of physical space between people to avoid spreading illness, i.e. avoiding crowds, not going out to eat, cancelling large events, etc. However, this term can also imply social isolation, emotional distancing, lack of empathy, and other ideas related to how we interact with respect to group size that can have negative effects on mental and physical health.

The key word being used in this definition is social - which is defined in the following ways:

     ADJ
     1. relating to society or its organization; group; collective; community
     2. needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities.

     NOUN
     3. an informal social gathering, especially one organized by the members of a particular club or group.


Physical distancing 
Can also be used to describe the intentional increasing of physical space between people to avoid spreading illness, i.e. avoiding crowds, not going out to eat, cancelling large events, etc. However, this term indicates that only physical distancing is needed to be effective in the intended goals, something we would benefit from remembering as we become lovers of full spectrum health.

Physical:

     ADJ
     1. relating to the body as opposed to the mind.
     2. relating to things perceived through the senses as opposed to the mind; tangible or concrete.

     NOUN
     3. a medical examination to determine a person's bodily fitness.


Mutual Aid & Community Care

Mutual aid and community care refers to any support or resource - material or emotional - given to the community by the community, prioritizing those most in need. This model relies on everyone doing what they can, contributing a diversity of skills and resources, whenever they are able. One of the easiest way that we can stay socially connected and healthy is to join mutual aid groups in our communities. 

If you are in Oklahoma, this is the link to join the Oklahoma Mutual Aid facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/525919904995040/


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