During the month of May 2020, during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the TVF team delivered a series of online workshops with QMUL students who were living in isolation on Campus. The participants discussed the concept of time and played with how we understand and use our time. Living in lockdown is strange and estranging. They explored how it could also be a time for creativity and experimentation about how they experience and value time. Without the same structures and pressures happening, becoming creative with how they spent time helped them invent practices that defined some parts of their post-pandemic individual and collective future, as something better (or at least different) than normal. The result was the poster below, which later on was posted in communal areas of the university.
Workshops were delivered by The Verbatim Formula team (QMUL’s Drama Department) in collaboration with artist and activist Cassie Thornton, an artist and activist who makes a “safe space” for the unknown, for disobedience and for unanticipated collectivity and supported by People’s Palace Projects.