Don’t assume your virtual visit will be worse than a “real” one
, a performance and video artist currently based in Berlin, concurred. Virtual visits she had in April and May proved surprisingly inspiring. “These unusual, intimate conversations with curators, some of whom I met for the first time, were rather personal and open-hearted,” she said. “A feeling of sitting in one boat, sharing empathy, speculating about the art world—and what good and bad this disaster might lead to.”
…but also manage expectations and recognize limitations
Be creative with your staging
Get your act together in advance
Realize that everyone’s computer hurts, sometimes
Phone? Computer? Why not both?
. “Change to the back camera. This way, you don’t have to guess which part of the work the viewer is looking at.”
, Woolcott said the British artist “used multiple screens, including one to broadcast his cartoon avatar, another to showcase his work, and another of himself, live.”
Dream big, since art world VIPs may be more accessible at the moment
, a young artist whose work was included in an exhibition that went on view at Half Gallery during New York’s lockdown. “Although I do much prefer in-person studio visits, it’s only possible when people are in town, and [when you can] coordinate schedules. With Zoom visits, people are more open to do them casually, since they can be done in the comfort of their own homes.”
, has been using the past few weeks to cast a wide net. “We contacted a large number of curators and museum and festival directors,” she explained, which resulted in responses from around the world, including France, the United Arab Emirates, CanadaMontreal, California, and South Africa.