WHAT WE DO
Relational Space produces immersive exhibitions where art and science come together in the service of community, especially marginalized and under-represented populations. Collaboration between science, policy, community and the arts present crosscutting opportunities for new artistic expression, critical thinking and innovation. We provide an inclusive space for creative expression and knowledge exchange where art is presented in relation to empirically supported ideas to promote equity, justice and transformational social change.
Relational Space provides integrated and immersive experiences featuring both contemporary art and scholarly forums connecting diverse media, disciplines, cultures and contexts.
Long COVID: We Are Here!
A real-time walk-through of the Virtual Reality Exhibition with a panel discussion with the Artists and Scientists who co-curate the show as well as a prestigious group of Long COVID medical experts - Clinicians and Researchers in the field of Long COVID and ME/CFS.
When: October 21, 2021 (ENDED)
Time: 12:00 Noon EST - 1:30 PM EST
View a Recording of this Event Here:
This event is made possible by a City Artist Corps Grant presented - by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queen’s Theater.
View Video Trailer for Event
(Trailer by Helen L. Collen; Voiceover by Phil Collen):
ONGOING VIRTUAL EXHIBITION
Long COVID: We Are Here! brought together twelve international Scientists and Artists to blend talents and expertise in facilitated sessions and co-curate a virtual, immersive exhibition. This VR installation features new media formats that explore Long COVID’s debilitating effects on individual health and explores parallels with our society as a whole.
View the Virtual (VR) Installation Here:
Relational Space strives to be a community leader of contemporary art, immersive installation and scientific knowledge, by producing crosscutting exhibitions and forums that explore emergent political, scientific and social themes. Open calls are announced here for submission of works by artists and scientists for collaboration with, creation of and participation in Relational Space installations.
Long COVID – We Are Here
SUBMISSIONS are CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT
Open Call 2020 for Artworks and Scientific Papers
Deadline to Submit: January 4, 2021
Virtual Show Dates: April 29 – May 30, 2021
Long COVID - We Are Here is a fearless exploration into the long-hauler experience. It aims to: 1) raise awareness about the impact of this disabling post-viral epidemic; 2) open doors for the research/medical community already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic and compel the establishment of an international, funded research agenda; 3) advocate for a global repository of articles, resources, therapeutics and treatment strategies; and, 4) urge widespread physician training related to Long COVID.
Globally more than 60 million people have been confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 – more than 12 million in the U.S. alone. Ten to fifteen percent of people who contract the virus will experience enduring symptoms - meaning millions of people are long-haulers already, suffering from puzzling symptoms that affect the entire body. Long-COVID constitutes an epidemic by itself.
The long-term effects of COVID-19 are insidious and far-reaching. Long-haulers endure crushing, sustained symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue, dizziness and brain fog to neurologic, GI, cardiac, and/or cardiovascular distress. Nonetheless, some doctors routinely dismiss patient concerns as emotional problems such as depression or anxiety, and fail to provide adequate medical support. Further, the medical profession, as it stands, is comprised of highly specialized providers (e.g. allergists, cardiologists etc.) so treatment decisions are made within these narrow specialties. However, the enduring impact of COVID-19 appears to be both systemic (i.e. impacting multiple organs) and idiosyncratic, according to each person’s unique physical response.
Further, research into long-COVID is sparse and underfunded. The impact of enduring symptomatology will have broad social impact on our health-care system and society as a whole; however, we have yet to initiate comprehensive, international research campaigns related to Long-COVID able to explore demographics, symptomatology or prognosis. Who are the long-haulers? What is happening within their bodies? What is their long-term prognosis? Pew Research Center (Oct, 2020) reported that we have no substantial data on the number of long-haulers or any detailed information like age, gender, medical histories or course of illness; nor do we know if-or-when these symptoms might resolve. This leaves more than 7 million people to fend for themselves with what is a terrifying, life-altering chronic illness.
The paucity of research regarding long-COVID; the dearth of trained providers, treatment resources and holistic strategies; and the frequent dismissal of individuals seeking medical care is unconscionable. What is needed is: a well-funded comprehensive research campaign that translates into evidenced-based strategies; an international clearinghouse of empirically-based articles and treatment resources; and, physician training so that Long-Haulers receive individualized, coordinated care across specialties with diagnoses that are covered by insurance.
For this Open Call we are looking for scientific knowledge and artistic expression (and especially those artists and scientists who have been personally affected by Long COVID) to inform and inspire our global community, as a call to action for the needs of Long-Haulers. We are also extending an invitation for partners and volunteers to join us in forging this initiative (please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Relational Space, is bringing scientists and artists together to co-create a virtual installation that raises awareness about the long-hauler experience and stimulates meaningful knowledge exchange regarding the deficiencies within and critical needs of this community. For this Open Call we invite artists, scientists and especially anyone affected by Long COVID to submit work that reflects and illuminates the current crisis and the longer term impact of living with the COVID-19 long-hauler experience.
What is the experience of long-haulers with post-COVID syndrome? How does it feel to be chronically ill, without adequate research or medical resources? What would be the impact of increased awareness, research, medical care and hope? How can we facilitate immediate responsiveness for this neglected population?
Cross-pollination quickens creativity and innovation. Relational Space brings scientist and artists together to collaborate around powerful data-driven narratives for knowledge exchange, new knowledge creation and to co-create immersive installations which are able to inspire and mobilize our global community. Scholarly papers and art works, or well-developed ideas for creating those works, will be selected based on response to the Long-COVID – We Are Here narrative. These selections will form the foundation for co-designing the installation.
The online exhibit will take place April 29-May 30, 2021 and will be promoted through social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others. Submission instructions for Long-COVID – We Are Here are available here, for both Scientists and Artists.
Scientists from all disciplines are welcome. For Artists, all mediums are welcome, however this installation will be virtual – therefore, artworks and project ideas that translate well into a virtual installation will take precedence. We encourage and welcome a variety of media and interactive formats including, but not limited to: video, sound, performance, socially engaged works, XR and other forms of new media.
The chosen interdisciplinary scientists and multi-sensory artists will meet as a team in private, virtual, collaborative sessions. They will blend their respective expertise in three 90-minute facilitated sessions via videoconferencing, with an asynchronous platform available for between meeting communication. All participants will be equal and active partners in the exhibition’s co-creation. The resulting installation will be live-streamed and recorded.
Relational Space, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Each year, Relational Space publishes an Annual Report that includes a Statement of Activities and Statement of Financial Position, as well as a list of donors. As part of our transparency efforts, these will be available upon request as are the most recent Form 990 (after March, 2020) and the IRS Determination letter either from Relational Space or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau: Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10005.