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Whatever the distance, we will not be in isolation

Kiki Kogelnik, The Human Touch, 1965, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24". Courtesy Kiki Kogelnik Foundation. Copyright Kiki Kogelnik Foundation. All rights reserved. Originally published in Corrine Fitzpatrick’s “Illness as Festival.”

Dear reader,

As we reckon with the events of the previous weeks and the prospects for those to come, we’re especially appreciative of the time and attention you’ve given to Triple Canopy in the past twelve years. The relationships we’ve formed with so many of you—as readers, contributors, friends, and supporters—will sustain us amid much uncertainty, upheaval, and pain. Even as we retreat from public life, we’re reflecting on the work we’ve done so far and the work we hope to do in the future. Which means we’re thinking of you reading, watching, listening, writing, and speaking.

As we figure out what to make of each day, we’re also considering the greater crisis that underlies the pandemic, leading so many to understand themselves as apart from those who are suffering, from those who rely on others. “I understand the impulse to isolate illness, whether as a temporary aberration in our personal lives or as a stroke of misfortune endured by others,” writes Corrine Fitzpatrick in "Illness as Festival", published in our twenty-fourth issue, Risk Pool. “To maintain that sickness is a kingdom apart from that of health is to suspend disbelief. Wouldn’t it be nice if every single one of us were not, at all times, vulnerable?”

At the moment, we at Triple Canopy are fortunate; we’re vulnerable but we’re able to continue with our work. And we’re grateful to feel that our work might help you to make sense of what you’re experiencing: as common, as what we’re all experiencing—and as what we might, together, prevent anyone from experiencing again.

While we reorient, respond to events, and care for ourselves and each other, we’ll also begin to publish a new issue of the magazine that considers how we speak and listen and to whom; how we might amplify the voices that win trust, mold opinion, and orchestrate movements, but are disregarded in the halls (or self-isolation chambers) of power. We’ll develop works in our native digital realm that adapt—without presuming to substitute for—performances, conversations, and listening sessions that we’d planned. Unfortunately, we’ve decided to postpone this year’s Publication Intensive, which was scheduled for June. To safeguard our bonds with readers and forestall cabin fever, we’ll soon post dozens of recordings from our archive on YouTube and Soundcloud (and send an announcement when this happens). As always, everything that we publish online is free to all.

In other words: whatever the distance, we will not be in isolation. We hope you feel the same.

With care,
The editors