The proposed project revolved around the simple notion of “Break” which can be defined both as the “action of breaking” or as a “pause”.
The emergence of Covid-19 has caused a rupture at every level of our existing system: large parts of the economy, people’s mobility and social interactions have virtually ground to a halt, with political leaders and experts alike grappling with the chaos wreaked by the virus. As a first measure to combat further contagion and to buy time, the general population has been put on lockdown and ordered to stay home.
The second, slightly more optimistic definition of “Break” in the context of the crisis, is that of an interval of rest from our turbocharged lifestyles. The lockdown and the reduced mobility, offer an opportunity for reflection, an occasion to slow down, invent new forms of socialising, give rise to gestures of solidarity and develop coping mechanisms to relieve the burden of the restrictions in force.