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Making Art out of Isolation - Creating New Works During COVID Times

Source: The Naughty Noodle
Posted: 17 Apr 2020
Artists across the planet are hurting financially. Times are tough all over and on the Coast you donít need to look to far afield to the ongoing devastation. The Central Coast has had to endure - bushfires, flooding and now like everybody else the impact of COVID-19.

Key contributor to the vibrancy and diversity of life on the Central Coast, 20 month old Naughty Noodle Fun Haus Arts & Culture organisation never imagined in December 2019 when it put out an expression of interest for its first Creative Development Program “Slipstream” the impending social isolation and effective shutting down of global communities, art and the economy as we know it today.

In March as the Covid-19 Lockdown and Social Isolation commenced. NNFH nimbly took on the additional task of bullet proofing as much as possible a new case scenario for the Slipstream creative development opportunity with a solution which would ensure successful Artists health, their work as paid and a redirection of the whole team to play an extended part on flattening the curve.

Naughty Noodle, has thus far had to make the painful decision to cancel 5 live theatre shows scheduled between April and July. Impacts extend beyond the organisation to freelance artists from across the country, collaborations with Wyong Art House, local Coastie Tech operators, local bar staff, and multiple local guest food businesses all whom are all amplified at every event via the NNFH Arts & Culture Tourism product.”

Live Performance Australia (Peak Body for the live performance industry) is estimating “half a billion dollars of lost revenue and thousands of job losses.  The brutal reality is that many performing arts companies do not have the financial reserves. Governments still haven’t come to grips with the scale of the devastation that has been wreaked across our world class $4 billion live performance industry. We were the first impacted and will be the last to come out”.

Proudly supported by Central Coast Council, Slipstream’s theme is “Cellular Memory, linage and other not so random coincidences” and has become more important and relevant than ever as a structured platform for Artist creative development which is offering not only much needed financial but also creative and technical support and resource to both established and emerging artists.

Successful artists for Slipstream were selected Pre Covid-19 lockdown January –February 2020 the development opportunity unwittingly calling upon “original artists and thought-leaders who are harnessing the chaos that comes from freedom of self-expression. Glitta Supernova stated “There is a bitter sweet irony in that the one piece of work to survive COVID-19 is the work being made during COVID19. We did not imagine we would be creating today alone, together, pushing though timelines, tears, laughter, fears, phone calls, photos and web conferencing as we came to realise that our continuing success was possible through the literal harnessing of the chaos that comes from both global pandemic and the freedom of self-expression when you're virtually embracing a vision with creative innovators used to continually being pushed out of their comfort zones. Do not underestimate the power of allowing artists to focus on creating in a time of uncertainty and being able to pay them for that work when no other money is coming in, in itself this creates creative safe space. “

For the Noodle, going back to the drawing board and creating a new and sustainable way for a creative team – production, writer, artists to create new work within existing timeline and budget meant taking Slipstream out of regular theatre space for March, April and May and bringing that connection into the digital realm, 4 artists, 1 experimental new work, 4 locations, 1 direction. “At this point we don’t know what the Slipstream ultimate delivery package format will look like but we do know we will be presenting bold, new, professional experimental work created from the confines of COVID-19.”

 

 

 
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