Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 Finalist: Corona Rhapsody
Rafael Heygster, Germany
Since the outbreak of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have often been confronted with the questions of what is actually happening around us.
For us, the situation felt like a surreal dream in which we had to re-orientate ourselves every few days.
We combine different aspects and scenarios happening during COVID-19 in Germany and show the tension between public life, the infrastructural apparatus behind it, and the people who move in this space.
We have chosen a theatrical pictorial aesthetic to play with our ideas of the pandemic and the crisis of our surreal feelings, and also the self-inscination of institutions. With “Corona Rhapsody” we want to show and question how the current pandemic is presented by the media and perceived by the public, to what extent this coincides with subjective experiences, how it is possibly being instrumentalised for political purposes, and how we will remember the coronavirus crisis in the future.