Just like other artists in other parts of the world, New Zealand artists are struggling with the new realities. From cancelled meetings, shows, and conventions, the arts industry is reeling from the aftershocks of an acknowledged pandemic. And at the moment, there are no signs of a break.
The global prognosis is that the new status quo can rage on for months. Luckily, the Internet, Wi-Fi, and social media have all been invented before the tragedy struck. This way, we can still gather without the threat of spreading the contagion even further.
Video conferencing alone should be credited for saving a lot of cancelled symposiums everywhere. Add to that our smart phones that help prevent any further contamination. For a while there, online dating was the enemy because many experts agree that such practice dehumanizes us. Now, it seems like going online has become our savior.