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

We Know This – Narrative Therapy India Blog

Kolkatha Community Care Collective Document

Narrative Group Project: Exploring Different Responses to Covid-19 from Turkey

Narrative Grup Projesi: Corona Virüs Sürecinde Farklı Baş Etme Yolları

This project was done in response to the effects of the Covid-19 process. As a group of psychologists in İbn Haldun University in Turkey, we wanted to explore our skills, knowledges and values that help us to endure in the process of pandemic. In these group works, we talked about the effects of the difficulties we experience (uncertainty of the future, anxiety of losing our loved ones and feelings of loneliness) and the values, hopes, dreams, skills and knowledges that sustain us in these days. The project was initiated by a narrative practitioner İclal Eskioğlu Aydın and done with the master students in clinical psychology in İbn Haldun University.

We hope our stories will resonate with you and evoke your own stories related to sustaining in this process. We hope to contribute to thicken our stories of surviving and feel connected to each other in order to remember that we are not alone! There are four collective documents below. They are prepared in different forms: one of them is a poem, one of them is a video, the other one is a formula, and one of them contains small paragraphs. We believe that there are several ways to share our stories. You may find one or more of them closer to your own preferences and interests. At the end of each document there are some questions that open up enabling contributions. You can contribute to this project by responding to these questions and sharing your ideas and feelings with us. We really hope to hear from you!

The people who prepared these documents: Sevgi Kurmanç Boyacı, Elif Eren, Merve Aras, Merve Çelik, Betül Sağlam, Aslıhan Ataman, Gülnur Çelik, Esra Öztürk, Feyza Öz, Ayşe Nur Doğan, Esra Özsoy, Hanife Merve Çatan, Dilruba Sönmez, Amine Kübra Çalık, Esma Duman, Merve Sancaktar, Muhammed Furkan Cinisli, Ayşe Ceren Kaban

The editor of these documents: İclal Eskioğlu Aydın

Photographer: Esra Çiçek

Fundraisers

Check out these fundraising events and projects.  Our friends in Mumbai, Mexico & Nepal are offering training events to raise funds for those affected by the lockdown. In addition, Gene Combs started a fundraiser to feed families in Rwanda. Please contact us with your fundraising projects and we will share them here!

Abuzar Akhtar and Shamin Mehrotra (Mumbai, India) started an organization last year called Ek Zariya (it means A Medium)  to support families with monthly rations as well education. It is in tribute to Abuzar’s father to continue doing the community work he used to do. Given the Covid-situation in Mumbai, they have been busy raising funds and  supplying meals to daily wage earners and monthly ration kits to families. So far  they have been able to supply over 25000 meals and 350 monthly food kits to families, many of whom they know from their participation at Ummeed Child Development Center. They look forward to all the support they can get in these unprecedented times.

Children, Families & Animal Companions

What’s it like being together as families in confinement together?  Through her collage and essay,  Lodovica Guidarelli (San Diego-Italy) shares some hidden gems in home schooling. Through brief videos, Maria Tiunova (Moscow) and Elena Baskina ( Florida, NYC  & Moscow) offer glimpses of their children’s wisdom. Please contact us  with something you and your family would like to contribute.

I have my children back! – Lodovica Guidarelli

Making Arts & Crafts

Many of us are making art and crafts while sheltering at home. Thank you Ananya Broker Parekh for sharing your book, Getting Unstuck. What about baking, sewing, and other homemade projects? Please contact us  with glimpses of your discoveries.

Nature & Gardens

Nature can be such a source of comfort during stressful time. Some of us still have opportunities to walk outside and grow gardens while sheltering at home. Others are finding ways to grow something green in their apartments or on their balconies. Please contact us to add to our collection!

Performances

How are you- and your communities- finding creative solutions to performing in confinement? Our first contribution is from  Cindy Parrish, our multitalented Narrative Camp filmmaker who created “WomAnimal” (also now featured on our Re-authoring Confinement Youtube playlist at the top of this page).  This one woman performance is part of Bear Tales: Six Feet Together, a special online self-taped, presentation of new solo material from New York’s The Great Barrington Public Theater. Please send us your contributions!

This free online program showcases new work by many  talented performers,  playwrights and storytellers in the Great Barrington New York region including a brand new one-woman play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet.

Join Our Discussion Forum!

Discussion Forum

Together Enduring COVID-19

Please join us as we develop our emerging topics, learning as we go how to Reauthor Confinement and Endure COVID-19 together.

Discussion Forum

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