A Culture Cartel List Of Things To Do In Isolation

words and designs by claudia
15.05.2020

Depending on how long you’ve been quarantined or social distancing, you’ve probably Marie Kondo’ed your closet, attempted to give yourself a haircut and/or make the sensational Dalgona coffee.

For the sake of our collective sanity, we’ve gathered some indoor activities that you (probably) haven’t tried yet. While you’re flattening the curve, you might also learn a new thing or two about yourself:

A PROMPT A DAY KEEPS THE CREATIVE RUT AWAY

Photo courtesy of Saatchi Art

Home to the world’s most extensive collection of artists sketchbooks, Brooklyn Art Library has come up with a 28-day Sketchbook Project in a ‘Pay What You Wish’ model. Receive an automatic e-mail for 28 days, with each one containing an art prompt. For some inspiration to kickstart the project, their digital library containing 25,019 scanned contributions is available to browse for free.

Alternatively, @isolationartclub offers a daily dose of creative prompts as well. A great way to spend your screen time, it also doubles as a platform to discover other artists and have your work shared. In the words of Neil Gaiman, “Always good to remember when you’re making art. You don’t have to like it; just be ready to do the next thing.”.

COLOURING BUT MAKE IT ADULT

Photo courtesy of @verdy and @cfs_taro

Colouring is a mindless activity recognised for its therapeutic value. Billie Eilish, Verdy and Louise Lawler have recently released colouring pages for fans to get creative and remake their art.

WATCH AN OPERA

Photo courtesy of The Opéra National de Paris

Had enough of TV series reruns? The Opéra National de Paris has made some of its emblematic productions accessible for free on their website and Facebook page. Last month featured classics such as Swan Lake and Cinderella—check out their full schedule here.

VISIT A MUSEUM ACROSS THE WORLD

Google’s Arts & Culture page is a catalogue of museums from around the world—one click allows you to explore museums from one side of the world to another.

EXPERIMENT WITH OLD CLOTHES

Photo courtesy of WhoWhatWear and @therollersparlour 

With the rise of sustainable fashion along with collaborative learning platforms such as Skillshare and Youtube, you can put together one-of-a-kind pieces with scrap fabric with a few simple tools in just a couple of sessions. Recycle your old clothes by incorporating your art or transform them into another wearable item. Also applies to accessories and shoes—just experiment!

TIE-DYE SOCKS

Inspired by the tie-dyed Nike logo socks by @sammyjoalonso, this is a no-frills activity to revamp your old, forgotten socks.

PICK UP A NEW SKILL

You might find that thing you’ve been putting off available for free now. Be it editing a video or learning to play an instrument, companies like Apple, Adobe and Fender are offering free services for a limited period of time.

GOING BACK TO BASICS… READ A BOOK

Goodreads has shelves of user-curated lists of books for whatever you’re feeling, from best graphic novels to seemingly random ones like books with orange peel on the cover. There is also an option to revisit books you’ve read before or start a discourse on their Discussion page.

START A NEW ROUTINE

Digital calendar pages from @ahong_paperlog

To ground yourself from all these uncertainties, try bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a customised method of planning out your schedule, keeping track of goals and recording ideas amongst many of its functions. Not only does it serve to provide some sense of assurance, but it will also help you spring back to normality when we get out of this.

There are tons of tutorials available online, and you don’t necessarily need a Moleskine or Leuchtturm1917 to begin. Use these digital templates or build a journal with scrap paper for something truly your own.

GAMES FOR THE BRAIN

Clean with no pattern or print whatsoever, the mind games your exes played has nothing on Beverly‘s micro expert-level 2000-piece “Pure White Hell” puzzle. This is sure to keep you occupied for a good half-day.

FOR WHEN YOU’VE RUN OUT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT:

In times of social distancing, Zoom and Netflix‘s watch parties continue to take top spot for bridging connections. Cards Against Humanity, the card game that brings out the worst in people is now available online, in both explicit and family editions. It’s entirely up to you to spice things up with other rules!

STRAIGHT VIBIN’

To encourage staying in, musicians have taken to live streaming platforms to share their music. Some of our favourites on Youtube include the recently aired Asia Rising Forever presented by 88rising and My Analog Journal for anything from jazz, grooves to rare Japanese records. Singapore Community Radio has been actively hosting local acts on Facebook live as well.

Now would be the perfect time to discover new-anything. Get adventurous with Every Noise At Once—a map of every music genre ever. Read on your devices with the National Library app and never worry about overdue loans. Explore and show support to independent creatives.

Time is a double-edged sword amidst this pandemic. Self-isolating can be the perfect breeding ground for irrational thoughts and impulsive behaviour—remember to take showers, connect with your friends but not with your ex! On the flip side, let’s relish in the extra space and time away from taxi surcharges, vomiting on sidewalks and the ever-warm weather in Singapore.