“Art doesn’t have a function, art is a function”. Artists during COVID and other disasters.

Mid Semester Project Review

Many years have passed since music came into my life. I was barely a five-year-old girl when I began to discover the magical language that finds a way to convey all kinds of feelings. As for many people, music has been a companion of adventures and has allowed me to grow through complex situations. Last year during this time the global reality had turned dark. During this period of reflection, as I have wanted to call it, our bodies and minds underwent an unprecedented transformation. Confinement caught me living in a house that was not mine, and with a person that I didn’t know very well. But the songs collected over the years were always found. And the new sounds appearing on social media and virtual concerts made the journey a little more colorful. Many of the artists I know lost their regular jobs and started making videos, covering songs, and collaborating virtually across the globe. I even picked up my clarinet a couple of times after not playing for more than two years. During this time, I showed myself once again that art heals us and always finds a way to bring us beauty.

Final Project Outline

- Introduction — Describe the importance music has had in my life experience and how it was also important during the confinement period.

  • Pepo’s interview, children’s album created during COVID, and online music therapy.
  • Cesar’s interview — Talk about his experience of having an important exhibition canceled due to the virus and the new projects that emerged during this crisis that seems to continue in his hometown.

https://www.instagram.com/cesar.c.al/

  • Alejandro’s interview. His life as a filmmaker in New York City during the crisis. Talk about his project

https://www.instagram.com/cifarranyc/

  • Reflect and how art helps us overcome difficult situations like covid.

Bibliography

Interview — Pepo — Music

Interview — Ale — Film (This interview will be done this upcoming weekend July 30th — August 1st)

Interview — Cesar — Visual Arts (This interview will be completed this Wednesday, July 28th)

Project Proposal

Dear Professor,

Artists have been the oxygen of my life. Artists are the people who I understand the most, even when I don’t quite understand them, and through whom I’ve discovered the most “insignificant” details in the world. When I mention the word artist, I’m not only referring to those who have been academically trained, or those intellectuals that could guide a conversation using the simplest terms but rather chose to go a long way; I’m referring to those who trespass one’s physical body to gift a meaningful piece of their heart. Art was also my escape door from growing up in a society that bans an individual’s basic freedoms, and where artists are still being oppressed for expressing their ideas freely.

I would like to write an online article to narrate the experiences of three different artists through the recent COVID crisis. I would also like to talk about the importance of their work for the society they’re a part of, as well as their thoughts on the importance of art.

I’m a Liberal Arts student from the BPATs program. I have never professionally practiced writing, but I’m discovering the enjoyment of narrating significant topics through the work we do in this class. I appreciate you taking the time to review this proposal.

Sincerely,

Claudia

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