[NetBehaviour] How is everyone?

Ruth Catlow ruthcatlow at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 17:41:14 CET 2020

Thank you for the news Annie, Helen, James, Edward, Ann, and Alan,

It seems we are all most preoccupied with trying to work out what is
correct behaviour - including how to negotiate our feelings towards the
situation and each other.
The details from all of you are fascinating and helpful.

More please :)

And Annie, please can you put a time zone on your Distant Feelings events.


On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:39 AM Annie Abrahams via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> In France we have been in confinement for about a week. I myself even
> longer, because I am at risk.
> In Holland they are slacker, which I thought to be "stupid" - there is
> also very much attention to and interest in "the economy" that must go on.
> France, although also trying to keep "it" up, seems a bit more social. At
> least that is what I conclude when reading online journals from both
> countries, the tone is different.
> I thought the Dutch a bit selfish. But after this week I am not so sure
> anymore they didn't take the right option. Dutch people still seem to be
> optimistic, just going on, almost happy, while some French friends are
> starting to show signs of depression - lack of contact, lack of being able
> to use the body, too immersed in the screen, that also gives solace, so
> even more immersed ... it is very difficult when you don't have a garden
> ....
> What seems to be important (part of a solution) is to use online
> connexions, not just to talk, but to try to find ways to *do* something
> together. Last Saturday I assisted in an improvised poetry reading. It was
> energising.
> Stay safe all
> Annie
> Ps
> From this week we organise
> weekly *Distant Feelings* (Friday 16h) and *Distant Movements* (Wednesday
> 16h) sessions of 15 min. Open to all.
> *intra/rupt/rompre*
> https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/invitation-intra-rupt-rompre/
> *intra/rompre/rupt*
> https://aabrahams.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/intra-rompre-rupt/
> On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 11:11 PM Helen Varley Jamieson <
> helen at creative-catalyst.com> wrote:
>> here's an update from aotearoa new zealand:
>> we are officially at "level 2" alert, which means social distancing, no
>> non-essential travel, all community spaces like libraries, swimming pools,
>> etc are closed. schools are still open, but it is being hotly debated
>> whether/when they should also be closed. so far all covid19 cases are still
>> connected to overseas travel, but it's tracking up quickly & there must be
>> community transmission even if it's not yet confirmed.
>> from what i can observe here (in dunedin, small southern university
>> town), people are being quite sensible. there's no panic buying in our
>> local supermarket, & the streets are quiet but not empty. just now on the
>> radio there is an interview with some university students who are offering
>> to bring groceries etc for elderly & people in isolation. community in
>> action :) my 86-year-old mother is reluctantly staying home - all her
>> activities like U3A & exercise class have been cancelled anyway, & her
>> beloved library bus won't be coming to her neighbourhood. she has an
>> abundant vegie garden & bursting freezer so no need to go out for a while!
>> unfortunately my partner & i have to travel tomorrow - we're flying up to
>> another small town in the north island to empty out the house of an uncle
>> who died in february. at the moment, non-essential travel is discouraged
>> but not forbidden, so we are hoping that we can get this job done as it's
>> been a huge planning exercise. it's not a creative project, but i really
>> resonate with ruth about furtherfield's situation - all of the planning
>> that goes into it & then all of the work to change / adapt in such a
>> rapidly changing situation ... it's exhausting & depressing. our lives as
>> artists are precarious all the time so we're used to existing in a state of
>> adaptability anyway, but now we're being pushed even further :/
>> i am personally pretty relieved that i was already having a
>> self-inflicted freelancer's sabbatical for the first 6-months of this year,
>> so i haven't got any work lined up to get cancelled. however the trip home
>> is certainly not turning out the way i expected! & i have no idea whether
>> i'll get back to germany at the end of july ... at least that is still a
>> long way away, & we are a lot better off on these distant islands than in
>> the middle of the epicentre! munich is in total lockdown & our
>> house-sitters sent video of civil defence vans driving through deserted
>> streets broadcasting instructions to stay indoors. quite surreal!
>> take care everyone, & if you need some socially distanced social
>> interaction, come along to the Pandemic Party in UpStage this evening - 8am
>> monday morning UK time.
>> https://upstage.org.nz/?event=pandemic-party-and-open-walkthrough
>> h : )
>> On 23.03.20 07:51, Edward Picot via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> Hi Ruth and everyone,
>> Actually work hasn't been so bad. We've gone from mainly face-to-face
>> consultations to what they call 'total triage' - nobody gets to see the
>> doctor without him telephoning them first - within the space of a week. The
>> nurse is still seeing people: you can't do things like blood tests and
>> dressings over the telephone. But she has to wear the protective gear -
>> face mask, gown, gloves - and change it once every few patients; and we've
>> cancelled all the non-urgent stuff, like diabetic checks and asthma checks,
>> the aim being to only have one or two people in the surgery at a time, not
>> counting the staff.
>> The local chemist has gone into meltdown. Everybody is panic-ordering
>> their medication all at once. I went past the chemist on Saturday morning
>> and the queue of people trying to get prescriptions was out the door. Lots
>> of people are jumping ship from the local chemist to online pharmacies like
>> Pharmacy2U, because the online pharmacies are set up to do home deliveries;
>> but the elderly, who are the ones who really need home deliveries because
>> they're the ones who can least afford to catch the virus, are least likely
>> to make this move because they're the least techno-savvy section of
>> society. There are other people who can help them out, though - 'social
>> prescribing', which is where we direct patients to 'helping hand' agencies,
>> has suddenly gone from being a peripheral thing to a front-and-centre
>> option.
>> Two things we're trying to get up and running are video consultations and
>> remote working. We were given a laptop about a year ago by the Health
>> Authority, which works off a VPN link, and the idea is that if you're at
>> home and stick your smart card in it, you can log into the clinical system
>> at the surgery and see patient records and do electronic prescribing and
>> stuff just as if you were there. This would be brilliant, especially if
>> David (the doctor) has to self-isolate at some point but still feels well
>> enough to work - but the VPN licence has run out. We contacted the IT
>> department to get it renewed once the crisis started to get serious, about
>> ten days ago now, but of course they've been overwhelmed, so they haven't
>> sorted it out for us yet.
>> As regards video consultations - which would be really useful for things
>> like people with rashes - we've managed to get these working via mobile
>> phones, but it's very glitchy because the WiFi at the surgery keeps going
>> wrong. Either it doesn't work at all, or it works with no internet
>> connection, which has been pretty much how it's been ever since we had WiFi
>> put in. The other option is to do video consultations on a desktop or
>> laptop computer: there's a startup tech company called Nye, based in
>> Oxford, which offers this for free, and we got it up and running on David's
>> desktop, which is equipped with a USB camera - but then the camera
>> immediately went wrong. This is pretty much how things work in the NHS. If
>> the technology was in place and reliable, we could do a whole lot more.
>> The most frustrating thing for me and David, I think, is the sheer volume
>> of updates we're being sent. If I see one more email titled 'Covid-19 -
>> urgent - for immediate action' I'm going to do an act of violence. You
>> physically cannot keep up with all this stuff when the phone is constantly
>> ringing and you've got a million other things to deal with. And the lack of
>> testing is frustrating too. We've got a nurse who's been off for a week
>> with Coronavirus-style symptoms, but of course we don't know whether it
>> really is the Coronavirus or not - so if she comes back to work and then
>> gets another sore throat, she'll have to self-isolate for another week.
>> On the other hand in some ways it's kind of exhilarating. Suddenly we've
>> been given a licence to ignore all the bureaucratic crap we usually spend
>> our time struggling with, and that's quite liberating; and the pace at
>> which we've managed to reorganize our services, with a lot of cooperation
>> from the patients, it has to be said, has been startling.
>> On a personal level my main concern has been shopping. I go to bed
>> worrying about whether I'm going to be able to get any food in the shops
>> the next day. I've done all right so far, but I normally don't get up to
>> the Co-Op, which is our local supermarket, until after three o'clock, and
>> by that time there's virtually nothing on the shelves; so I've been having
>> to dodge out of work and make special trips up there at about 9.30, once
>> I've got somebody else to cover the front desk. The other thing is that my
>> demented Mum is in a care home a few miles from here, and they've closed
>> their doors to visitors, so instead of going to see her twice a week, all
>> of a sudden I'm not seeing her at all, which is a big change to my routine.
>> You do get very fed up with the stupidity of the public at times,
>> especially where things like panic buying and panic ordering of
>> prescriptions are concerned. You think to yourself 'This is what we're like
>> now - people have been brainwashed to be consumers, not citizens - they
>> don't know how to act responsibly towards one another any more'. Then you
>> come across people who are being really unselfish and helpful towards one
>> another, and you realize that things are a lot more nuanced than that. And
>> when I do get up to the Co-Op, everybody's giving everybody else
>> elbow-bumps and making jokes about the state of things, and you think to
>> yourself 'Oh well, at least there's one good thing about Britain - we do
>> have a sense of humour'. You find yourself chatting to strangers, and you
>> feel closer to the people who you already know, because there's a sense of
>> all being in it together. Then something really annoying happens, or you
>> have to deal with somebody who's being completely self-centred and
>> unreasonable, and you're back to wanting to throttle everyone again.
>> Edward
>> On 22/03/2020 15:14, Ruth Catlow via NetBehaviour wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> This last couple of weeks have been full of chaos and uncertainty for us
>> in the UK - and much longer for others.
>> The sudden shut down is clearly distributing immediate and extreme
>> hardship very unevenly.
>> I personally found the indefinite postponement of Furtherfield's 2020
>> 'Love Machines' programme last Monday (in the week we had planned to
>> announce everything) incredibly hard to do, and to handle. I know we will
>> adapt and find another way to make things work, but that doesn't stop it
>> being incredibly disappointing, frustrating and disorientating.
>> I'm now starting to adjust but I wanted to share this personal
>> (non-life-threatening) experience with you because I would like to hear
>> more from everyone about how the Corona virus is effecting them, so we can
>> build a better picture, beyond the numbers and the public announcements, to
>> understand how things are changing. And most of all it would just be good
>> to know how everyone is doing (from regular contributors to all lurkers).
>> Warmly
>> Ruth
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*Furtherfield *disrupts and democratises art and technology through
labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking.
furtherfield.org <http://www.furtherfield.org/>

*DECAL* Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies
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for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now.

decal.is <http://www.decal.is>

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