Socially Distant is a digital gathering place where people share stories, moments, and their experiences related to the COVID-19 social distancing emergency health policy.
With so much happening: physical distancing, shutdowns of all kinds, and uncertainty about future prosperity, our daily lives are tumultuous and changing more rapidly than ever before. To keep track, The People Phone created this collective journal, one that’s crowd-sourced, and shared with people all over the world to look back on together.
Ultimately, this collection of willingly-shared ephemera will be used to benefit society through research, reflection, and exhibition.
The People Phone is a collective of 3 artists: Dean Haddock, a Knight Nieman Visiting Fellow and creative technologist, Thomas Reintjes, an award-winning audio documentarist, and Matthew Chavez, a participatory installation artist and creator of Subway Therapy.
Together we create technology, audio and visual works to encourage genuine personal expression and social interconnectedness.
If you enjoy Socially Distant, please stop by the Secret Telephone, a public installation that travels place to place, and invites strangers to share and listen to secrets.
The People Phone team would not exist without the support of a long and growing list of friends, family and collaborators.
Special thanks to:
- Tina Roth Eisenberg and the global Creative Mornings family
- Lucia Pohlman
- Andy Kang
- Jason Bacher
- Lucas Spann and Andy Allen at Grackle
- 10up, a full service digital agency specializing in WordPress and developers of the Classifai machine learning and Google SiteKit plugins
- StoryCorps and similar archive projects that have inspired our work
- The Nieman Foundation for Journalism
- Chris Witecki at SiriusJoy.tv
- Sydney Talcott
- Daniel Loew