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Adaptability Will Be The Key

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

I'll start by saying that we're glad to be apart of the 2021 Contact Festival. A shout out and "thanks" to my other 3 exhibitors, Vincent Browne, Reed Wyman, and Jonah Zapparoli, who came aboard this project to give it the dimension that it needed.

I for one appreciate the hard work of the organizers in putting together the many intricacies of a festival during a pandemic. Like all of you I'm yearning for the days when we'll be able to stand shoulder to shoulder again in crowds and enjoy our favourite music, outdoor movies, and from time to time, even a sports championship.

How will this future look? There's little doubt in my mind that it'll be a little different from what your seeing in many of the photographs of this online exhibition. "Raptors Fever" is revealing a phenomenon that took part in the best of times. You know--when most of us didn't even give a second thought to the risk of gathering in large crowds. The abandon that we felt in those days of June 2019 turned out to be a jem of an occasion. In the not too distant future I sense that our approach to public events and spaces will be tempered by a more cautious, less spontaneous gathering of the masses. Success of future events will be determined by how safe attendees feel. Organizers will be judged on how thoughtful they were when it came to ensuring our enjoyment of an experience while not ignoring safety.

By now we can see that survival will depend on how well we can "pivot" or adapt. In the West African nation of Ghana, the crocodile is seen as a symbol of adaptability because it can live in water and on land. I don't know about you, but after "treading" water in this pandemic for more than a year, I feel like a not so distant cousin of the crocodile.

David Ofori Zapparoli April, 2021

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