We are the threshold people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020,  declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic.  This happening has changed many peoples lives. The anthropologist Victor Turner would describe this as a Liminal space. I believe we are the threshold people, disorientated and in-between.

copyright © Olsen 2020

The collective experience of 2020 has been full of uncertainty, this pandemic is a prime example of in-between space. In some ways our lives been put on hold, a pause. The spread of the Coronavirus has directly effected my life and my research; At the start of 2020 I found myself with all planned events and community work for my research, canceled or postpone. With no knowledge on information on a rearranged schedule.

With the realization that covid-19 and lockdown restrictions may continue indefinitely. I started to think about Covid friendly research and embracing the restrictions. Everyday I spent time looking out my window, watching wildlife, people walking and the eerie silence of my world. The landscape had changed, like a pause or an in-between space. I decided to explore this phenonemum in connection to the weird and eerie as a part of my research. My aim to produce a soundscape: A surrealist tale of a weird and eerie Scottish landscape darkened with questions and riddles. I wanted the composition will be a mix of field recordings, fragmented conversation, and electroacoustic music. A representation of people’s stories, landscapes, and atmospheres.

Here is a link to the composition.