Not another pandemic: Are we walking into a new crisis?

Aileen Bowe

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The last thing that anyone wants to read about is the possibility of another epidemic on the scale of COVID-19. And yet, scientists and epidemiologists are warning us that this may very well be the case.

This article discusses the likely impact of COVID-19 on the arts sector and lessons that we can learn to prevent a recurrence.

Impact of coronavirus on the arts

Since the beginning of the crisis, many people have spoken about a sense of unreality or disassociation from daily life. The strangeness of what has happened has affected everyone, and people have struggled to make sense of it.

The virus has brought about substantial changes to the arts and culture sector, some of them in detrimental ways, including the loss of earnings for artists while stay-at-home orders were implemented and social gatherings prohibited.

Already, we’re seeing signs in media productions that will act as part of our zeitgeist for future audiences. You can see in reality shows which were filmed during the height of the pandemic how the unnatural positioning of people on screen and super-wide camera shots are some of the ways that social distancing has impacted production.

It’s important to realise that the impact of COVID-19 will take a long time to process, both collectively and in terms of artistic responses. In the middle of any catastrophic event, it is impossible to look back and reflect because it’s too late to do anything except react. But it is useful to look ahead to consider how COVID will be framed and what lessons artists and scientists alike will draw from the crisis.