Hello? Are you there? I think you froze. Can you Hear Me? // Fidelia Lam
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Hello? Are you there? I think you froze. Can you Hear Me? // Fidelia Lam

How is anticipation, as a form of movement, facilitated by and captured in and through digital technologies? The events of the last year have placed us in a perpetual state of anticipation on multiple scales — waiting for Zoom calls to connect, wondering when it will be safe to leave our homes again, when the pandemic will be “over”, and if nations will succumb to authoritarian and fascist regimes. This extended state of suspension (which is still ongoing) has shifted our expectations of conceiving of what is possible and what might and could happen. At a micropolitical scale, it is found in the distant coldness of dropped Zoom frames, too-long static silences, in the endless cycle of jumping between phone, laptop, TV, tablet, and countless social media and news platforms, waiting (hoping? dreading?) for something to change or happen. How can we access these “breaks” and “failings” as holding their own movement and time? Through a series of creative media experiments, this micro-residency project conceptualizes this affective sensation as it is experienced in, facilitated by, and captured through digital technologies.