Questions(or what is this about)

The COVID-19 pandemic prompts many questions, too many to be answered at once, in one go. This study will attempt to tease out the issues and to provide some order and rationalization among them. This outcome, will of course, be my opinion.


My intent is to develop and evolve a [growing] list of questions and for each one prepare a response. The response will be some for of artwork, most likely in some form of documentary style. My methodology will be an incremental. iterative approach:

  • Identify a question
    I think of a question as a “thread” of activity around framing it, exploring it, describing it, but not necessarily answering it. Even if not answered, I think the importance lies in elevating the issues the question might bring to light and giving us the change to think about it.
  • Develop each “thread”:
    • What is it about?
    • What is interesting about it?
    • Create / appropriate content
  • Where possible, bring different threads together
    • What are their connections?
      I do not assume that a thread is a complete story, but if two or more can be found to connect, a story may come out of that intersection.
    • Which threads are about the same thing?
      • see if they can be or should be brought together




  • During the period of the lockdown, many people have felt a loss of control of their lives. Yet we still have control over certain things.

Climate Change

  • The lockdown has resulted in the closure of many industries, and thus the shuttering of many pollution-generating machines. The question is whether this will cause a long term change in our behaviour or whether once we return to “normal” pollution will be restored as well.

COVID-19 Project:

  • COVID-19 is one of those events that is shared by people all around the world; what makes it rare is that we are all participants, not simply watchers. What is similar and different in the experiences and individuals hopes and fears.


  • When faced with a threat, people rally behind a leader with the understanding that this role is important for survival and with that they are willing to accept certain things, such as constraints on their freedoms; deference to the leader and support for their direction. Each of these are founded on trust in the leadership that they are making decisions in the best interest of society as a whole; in their judgment and balancing competing objectives. What happens when that fails?

Union to Finch:

  • Our community has been “locked down” since about March 16 2020. As of this date (May 18) is it holding?





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