by Carolyn Sortor
During the pandemic, some of us have felt isolated, and many of us have had fewer opportunities to be with people we don’t already know. Virtual get-togethers online can help, but it’s not the same as being with others in person; plus, one can feel a need to meet others’ expectations, perhaps to perform in some way or at least to continuously engage with the other participants. Sometimes we’d like to just be with other people, with no expectations, in a less purposive way.
This project offers a possibility for at least partly fulfilling such desires while exploring some of the parameters and ways of simply being together.
Viewers are invited to “be” with me via Zoom for 45 min., to be shortened if you prefer or lengthened if we agree and both have time. No conversation beyond hellos will be required or expected, although if you like, I’ll be glad for us to talk. Otherwise, we can each work, do chores, relax, or whatever else we’d normally do if the other person weren’t “there” – but knowing that the other person is there and that if we do speak, the other person might hear and respond.
I’m not sure what it will be like; with your help, I’m looking forward to finding out. Please go here to select one of the available times and for further info.
Afterward, I’ll be interested in your observations, thoughts, and feelings about the experience. I hope you’ll consider sharing them in the comment section below.
beingtogether is one of two projects created by Carolyn Sortor for a virtual residency with Glasstire; the other project is space-time for you. She gratefully acknowledges support for these projects from