Throughout 2020, online and digital communities will have greater importance as we seek to support and connect with one another throughout the current global health crisis. Through residencies, live broadcasts, podcasts and events we will use digital and other technologies to connect with remote and physically distant audiences in a way that privileges listening as much as the transmission of ideas and which builds and sustains radical online communities.
Artists, musicians, curators and researchers from the UK, Europe, USA, Indonesia, Syria and Uganda will be working with us. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we will be flexible in enabling artists to change the dates of their residencies or change how they wish to approach them. For some, this may mean not being able to travel to Wysing in which case we will ensure that, even though they are not physically present, they will still very much part of our 2020 programme and we will be in close dialogue with them.
A new online portal, and later in the year our gallery, will become an experimental broadcasting space with works produced during the residencies being transmitted. Building on the work of our recent programmes, we will focus on connecting a network of ‘many voices’ made up of those often left out of the conversation, whether due to access requirements, location outside of metropolitan centres, or discrimination due to race, gender and/or sexuality.