Thinking as a collective having a new face, while time is taking on a new rhythm, prompting PHI to initiate a movement of universal artistic collaboration.
*Learn about our Parallel Lines initiative: a virtual artist residency.
In the afternoon of March 20th, Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) tweeted these prophetic lines from his London apartment:
"Sitting on my own not by myself,
Everybody’s here with me”
How are you passing the time in lockdown?
In a few words, the British singer had perhaps completely summarized the current situation, not just his own, but that of all confined. If we now have a moral obligation to stay as far away from each other as possible, then our realities are very similar. Our solitudes, our doubts, our hopes are all identical.
And from this universally shared solitude and this desire to be together in adversity, PHI has imagined its new project. Today, while still recovering from feelings of disbelief, we want to rally around artistic creation.
An incredible momentum of cooperation is coming from people from all walks of life. There’s a desire to be productive, even more productive than usual despite the current situation—one that innately seems to necessitate a break.
This is why, as of today, PHI is fully transforming to become a platform of expression for all, a creative pause away from the confusion where we can stop, contemplate and discuss. Through collective art, PHI wants to kickstart a major creative initiative. No matter the format, intention, or meanings at work, all contributions can feed this giant artistic assemblage. Art is never more beautiful than when it is offered to everyone.
On this day, the patchwork begins to take shape. One question remains: do you want to be part of it?
Online now at phi.ca.