End as it may, and we are full of hope it will be a lesson in humbleness for all, the Coronavirus health crisis has hit the arts and creative industries hard. From the cancellation of Art Basel Hong Kong to the chaos of February’s Fashion Weeks, it’s only been downhill from there (markets included): galleries, museums, theaters and cinemas closing their doors until further notice; art, design and architecture fairs, music festivals and any sort of gatherings – work or play alike – postponed to the summer, if at all.
For those of us lucky enough not to have experienced the direct threats of COVID-19 (yet), there is a much higher chance to be bedridden with anxiety than with the virus’ symptoms. And, as more countries on all sides of the globe lock down, a big part of everyone’s life right now is trying to find a balance between the fear of a world going to shits and the joy of finally having an excuse to hit the pause button.
In Italy things are few weeks ahead and people are starting to ease into an unprecedented situation; restricted freedom of movement, confined spaces, ghost cities, a country standing still. In this unheard-of silence Italians are finding to each other through one of the world’s most ancient medicines: sound.
Every day at 12 the nation claps to support the work of doctors and nurses. Every evening at 6 the nation stands at its windows singing songs, making music, turning tables, blasting opera or moving to the rhythm of the cacophony that fills the air. Beautifully reminding us we are all different but in this together.
We invite you to virtually join in from wherever you are. A video of you dancing, a recording of your song, a piece of art, a picture, an animation that tells us a story or whatever your own interpretation of #soundONfearOFF may be. Send us an email for publication* on our channels or post in your stories and tag @horstundedeltraut #soundONfearOFF so we can republish it on our instagram.
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**Track: Bêtes Féroces - Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp