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The audiovisual poem How to Be Alone (2010) was a viral hit for the Canadian musician and poet Tanya Davis and the Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. Their sequel How to Be at Home updates the original for our age of COVID-19 lockdown, pairing Dorfman’s charming animations – a distinctive melding of stop-motion and illustration – with Davis’s lyrical musings on the isolation that she and much of the rest of the world has endured over the past eight months. The resulting short is an artful – and, depending on your current degree of solitude, perhaps cathartic – meditation on the many conflicting emotions inspired by being forced to spend time at home during a crisis.
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Love and friendship
Skiing blind is a challenge – but it helps to have a loved one to guide you
A massive art installation attempts to put the COVID-19 deaths in perspective
Nick ponders the life of the mysterious girl whose used CDs shaped his teenage years
Mood and emotion
A century of letters captures the emotions of life in a new city, far from home
Ageing and death
Death is a trip – how new research links near-death and DMT experiences
Technology and the self
Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice
Gender and identity
‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John
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