Imagine you are about to meet someone new during a pandemic year.You do not know their politics, nor their attitudes toward social justice, nor what they thinkabout climate change. You have no idea what their approach is to the pandemic or the vaccines, nor do you know if they are interested in science or history. Imagine gaining insights into what they think is most important about being human; learning about their dreams and hopes for the future; finding out what catches their attention in the morning and what they worry about each night before they drift off to sleep.
Imagine getting to know all of this through words and images, without having to ask a single question, without running the risk of offending, or fearing a disagreement!Welcome to the “Arc of the Viral Universe” notebooks!
In early 2020, Arc-ivist, Carla Rae Johnson was busy scheduling exhibitions for the “Arc of the Moral Universe” notebooks, as news of the threat of a worldwide pandemic emerged.By the end of March, it was apparent that a sequel to the first notebook project was called for to create unique, personal accounts of a world turned inside-out by isolation, sickness, fears, deaths, doubts, rumors, lies, and political turmoil.Then, the murder of George Floyd, the spotlight on systemic racism, nationwide protests, monuments being toppled, a crucial presidential election, our democracy challenged, and an insurrection mounted against our nation’s capital magnified the historic moments of 2020-21.
30 plus notebooks have been created in response to the call for the “Arc of the Viral Universe.” The notebooks reveal the musings, passions, concerns, and dreams of artists, writers, and creative thinkers who have shared our world and have survived these challenging times.