Re-authoring Confinement: Inspirational sparkling moments in everyday life

In response to Covid-19, most of us worldwide are sheltering at home and/or experiencing lockdown. While fraught with challenges, this period of “Re-authoring Confinement” is also fertile ground for the emergence of many creative  projects and collaborations. This homemade resource is bursting with contributions from members of our community:  video reflections from around the world, Covid inspired music, Fundraisers, Communities collecting wisdoms, Children and Family projects, Animal companions, Arts & Crafts, Gardens & Nature, Performances, Poetry & prose and a Discussion Forum. Please send us your contributions so we can truly “create a collaboratory” together.

Making Music

Are you making music at home during confinement?  Inspired by the special Lockdown musical video in above Youtube playlist made in Mumbai with Abuzar Akhtar, Hemant Tiwari & music video director, Shamin Mehrotra? Our audio musical playlist begins with a beautiful collaboration across the world: My Forecast is an original song with lyrics by Maria Tiunova (Moscow, Russia), music by Dean Lobovits (El Cerrito, California USA) and vocals by Elena Baskina (New York, Miami and Moscow). Then comes Covid, an original song by Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun (France), sung by Charlie Crettenand (Sion Switzerland) and produced by Dean Lobovits (Berkeley California). Michael Castelli (Middlebury Vermont) contributed Redrocks along with his friend, Tim Joy who laid down the piano and organ tracks; having played this song at live gigs, he started recording it about a year ago; “It only took a global pandemic for me to finish it. Stephen by Will Sherwin (Michael Castelli on Slide Guitar, Gene Combs on Guitar) is another cherished contribution. Do you have homemade music to add? It doesn’t need to be an original song,  just keep copyright restrictions in mind.

Communities Collecting Wisdoms

A number of communities have been getting together to share their wisdoms and create collective documents with each other.  Please contact us if you’ve been using collective practices to bring together communities remotely during confinement.

This hope document is a collective that was created by over 60 people in a gathering that was hosted by Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai. The monthly gathering is a space for individuals to explore narrative practices and come together as a community to support each other in their journey of the practices. The April gathering happened over a Zoom owing to the covid-19 situation and we got together to explore what wellbeing and hope looks like to us in these times. Over conversations, reflections and silences, the participants located hope in its little-big acts of resistance, in metaphors of nature and in acts of solidarity, in picture-books and poetry verses, in music and acts of care. These conversations of hope were parallelly coming alive through illustrations and each of them sought to weave in their hope into the collective. The collective document is a testimony to people’s acts of response and resistance to the current distress, their acts of collective care and continuing to access hope for the coming days.

Narrative Practices India and the Mental Health Team, Ummeed Child Development Center, Mumbai