As many states have implemented stay-at-home orders, cancelled all events, and closed all non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many creative minds have found a way to turn this negativity into positivity.
Digital artists have been making more art available for viewing or purchase through social media websites as of late. Digital surrealist Ugonzo, for instance, has been working to make some of his most popular pieces available on t-shirts and other articles of clothing for affordable prices. His works often feature notable figures, such as Jimi Hendrix or the main character of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, with distorted features and strange effects.
Musical artists have utilized Twitch or other streaming methods to broadcast their talents. EDM DJs and jam bands are continually doing livestream shows in which they essentially host concerts from their living rooms. While some of them are charging for a subscription or asking for donations to support these efforts, others are working completely free of charge. Many artists have used this opportunity and additional spare time to finish albums that they may not have been able to get to otherwise, perhaps due to touring and other obligations. We can expect plenty of glorious new music from the shelter-in-place.
Some unexpected big name participants, such as DJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), and founder of Insomniac events’ Electric Daisy Carnival festival (Pasquale Rotella), have been banding together to create livestream takeovers that are, more or less, virtual music festivals. People can sit in their bedrooms with a bowl of Doritos and attend a music festival with their favorite artists at little to no charge – no pants required.
Dancers have also jumped in on this trend. They are performing at their houses, doing tutorials, and hosting remote lessons. People can stay in shape at home while also enjoying themselves.
Yoga instructors and meditation guides are conducting Facebook live sessions instructing people on how to breathe and let go of cluttered thoughts. Many people are stressed out and need reminders to let go of that which they can and cannot control. Mindfulness can give someone the clarity and inner peace they need in a crisis situation such as this.
As the pandemic continues to devastate most of the world, it is nice to know that people are using their talents to lift each other’s spirits. Maybe this is the American version of people singing from their balconies in Italy – a testament to the unbreakable, indomitable human spirit.