Alone on SBS
A bunch of self-proclaimed survival and bush-craft experts get dropped off at separate coves in rugged Patagonia; whoever can live off the land the longest wins 500,000. The premise sounds like familiar reality TV crap, but a few things about this offering really captured my imagination. Instead of a camera crew, contestants must film themselves, and the ways they choose to perform for the camera and represent their own experiences are fascinating. The cast includes some real characters, including a few formidable women who defy much of the macho nonsense spouted by the early-outs. The real survival lessons here are the soft skills that also apply to the quarantine era: being able to self-soothe, to create comfort from nothing, to fill the hours with tasks that nurture you, and to find humor even in exhaustion and emptiness. An engaging watch, even for someone who’s isn’t obsessed with queer survivalism and performance for the camera. Stream it now>>
Now that we are all united in a state of simultaneous busyness / leisure, it’s the perfect time to reach out to the inspiring leaders, creators, and strangers on your radar and let them know why you love them. You know they’re home! You will probably get a response. I’ve made a practice of sending fan-mail whenever something really captures my imagination, and it’s led to lots of meaningful correspondences and relationships with folks I respect. It takes only a few seconds to formulate an email or message saying “Fantastic article/artwork/album, here’s what it made me think, keep the good stuff comin’!”. Maintaining creative practice in the absence of a tangible audience can be draining at the best of times, so pipe up if you got something generative to share with the makers in your orbit.
Earth Emotions by Glenn Albrecht
Glenn Albrecht has been writing about the psychological states incurred by global ecocide for a long time. He has coined words like Solastaglia and Terrafurie to create a new lexicon for the Symbiocene, articulating emotional states that arise in response to the unprecedented crises of climate change and mass extinction. This book may come in handy for the task of confronting the big and small fires currently burning in our hearts. Buy from your local book seller.
This bootleg Drag Race zoom background generator, by redditor u/denneval.
Life already feels like an endless, absurdist, high-stakes gameshow rigged by the hands of invisible and untrustworthy producers. Let your next zoom meeting reflect that with this Drag Race confessional background generator. Plug in your name and profile image, select the backdrop of your choice, and add to zoom via the Virtual Background function. Sissy Space-X has joined the chat. Check it out
Fountain by Lyra Pramuk
The pandemic’s impact on the release cycle of popular music has produced mixed results so far. Lady Gaga has decided to withhold her new album until she can promote it on the road; meanwhile Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia was leaked and subsequently released to thirsty audiences, making her the de facto pop princess of the kingdom of Quarantina. Although optimized for the dance floor, Future Nostalgia is now forever linked in my mind to the first couple weeks of lockdown, where I played it on loop while chopping and stacking endless piles of firewood in preparation for winter in regional Tasmania. Artists brave enough to release music at this time are rewarded with a uniquely captive audience ready to imprint their work with indelible memories. My favorite record from this period so far has to be Fountain by Lyra Pramuk. This is one for settling in and going deep. The compositions are created entirely from samples of Pramuk’s singular voice and body (how apt), woven into rich orchestrations that invite you into a visceral transhuman playground. In the time-warp of global pandemic, this record is a startlingly intimate experience worth savoring. Listen here>>