A pause, this Leap Day 2020, the 29th of February. March abides, poised, red sword, promising to come in like a lion. In these look-before-you-leap shadows, the future seeps toward the present; the past folds and unfolds, a paper fan, a shaman’s staff, a collapsed umbrella. This day, we the leap-frog into the …
It's not sector specific, or company specific. It's a known unknown. This is something that is developing daily, and the impact is going to depend on how long disruption lasts for, how wide, from a regional point of view, the disruption spreads.
— Warren East, chief executive, Rolls-Royce Holdings, a leading UK-based engine manufacturer. (Feb 2020)
We used to talk about going into the wilderness and leaving only our footprints behind. In the Anthropocene we realize that's no longer possible, that we’ve touched every inch of the planet, left our neon fingerprints everywhere.
— Diane Ackerman, Writer, from an interview with Robert Macfarlane in Confluence 73 (2019)
One of them must be wrong, right? There is strong support that the footprint extended beyond the satellite data and the closures.
— Igal Berenshtein, lead author of “Invisible oil beyond the Deepwater Horizon satellite footprint,” published Feb2020 in the journal Science Advances.
We really cannot say whether it will get better, whether it will get worse, what sort of situation is going to unfold.
— Lawrence Wong, Singaporean cabinet minister and co-chair of Singapore's CoV task force. (Feb2020)
At the limit, the imaginary is a virtual image that is interfused with the real object, and vice versa, thereby constituting a crystal of the unconscious.
— Gilles Deleuze, Philosopher
Photos by Douglas Beauchamp (2020)
Below: Art by Dorothy Siemens, on a Traffic Box (detail), Eugene OR