The pandemic exposed the need for new forms of care and community. Rest Cure, an audio piece asks, can the withdrawal from society that the COVID-19 pandemic caused have created a new political subjectivity?
Titled after the 19th century ‘treatment’ that gendered weakness & helplessness, the rest cure is emblematic of a biased healthcare system. In recent years, self-care has been embraced to fill a lack of community sense and, one can say, represents a failure of state and culture. COVID-19 exacerbated similar states of isolation and a failed health care system. It exposed the urgent need to develop new networks of care. I reflect on these two points with what Denise Ferreira da Silva calls an ‘entangled world’, embracing difference without separability in a sound piece below that references the Rest Cure and histories of health care, while projecting futuristic re-imaginings that redistribute care and aim to expand our sense of belonging.
Rest Cure 9-minute sound. Andrea Ray 2021/22.