Quarantine Stories
A platform that collects stories of isolation as a result of home-quarantining in efforts to reduce the effects of COVID-19

The Quarantine Stories project is an online platform that gathers personal stories big and small of people in (self)isolation during COVID-19, providing a single collaborative resource to support many, in an effort to document the effects of social distancing.

The coronavirus and the measures to prevent its spread have a huge impact on the daily lives of normal citizens all over the world. An unprecedented amount of people are now living in self-isolation, and have quarantined themselves in their houses. In many cases only left with the view from their window as their main connection to the outside world. What does this do to people that are normally free to go wherever they want, what are the changes that are brought to their daily life, social relations, and mental health?

Since the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, and continued spreading in a
 growing number of other locations internationally, including Italy, United States and Iran over the past months, many citizens have been called to change their habits and adapt to this emergency by following strict measures, such as home-staying, travel restrictions and highly hygienic norms. Data, testimonies and information are spreading like wildfire around the internet. 

Quarantine stories platform gathers more than 170 stories from over 25 countries

Every contributor is asked to take a picture of the view through their window, and upload it to the platform together with a personal story. Each story is placed on a map that users can navigate to discover the narratives from their city and from around the world. The platform gathers currently over 170 stories from more than 25 countries. These stories are both common and unique, they embrace the personal narration but show how hope, doubts, expectations and awareness affect indistinctly everyone.

For the duration of social distancing measures, this project is open-ended, as an archive and document in-progress of this period of isolation. The data acquired in Quarantine Stories have been proven to be small, subjective and inspiring. We aim to develop capillary dissemination of the project over time to cover even remote geographic areas and bring out more qualitative and deeper types of contents to narrate the effects of COVID-19.

Date
2020
Self-initiated project
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Studio

RNDR is a design studio for interactive media that develops ‘tools’ that are only finished by how they are used.

To achieve this, we develop processes, create structures, design visualisations, code programs, and create interactions. The end result can manifest itself across different media, ranging from interactive installations, data visualisations, generative identities, prints and everything in between – often real-time. We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviours, and interactions between people.

RNDR was founded in 2017 in The Hague, (NL). Its main members have years of experience as partners, computer scientists, designers, art directors and developers at LUST and LUSTlab.

One of our core projects, and basis for most of our projects, is OPENRNDR, an open source framework for creative coding –written in Kotlin for the JVM– with over nine years of development, that simplifies writing real-time audio-visual interactive software. OPENRNDR is fundamental for the capacity of RNDR as a studio, as it allows us to realize complex interactive works. OPENRNDR was awarded the Dutch Design Award 2019

People
Jeroen Barendse (NL), partner. Design and art direction. Former partner of LUST and LUSTlab. Awarded BNO Piet Zwart Oeuvre Prize 2017
Edwin Jakobs (NL), partner. Computer scientist, creative coder and visual artist. Creator of OPENRNDR
Boyd Rotgans (NL), partner. Creative coder & interaction designer
Viola Bernacchi (IT). Design & data visualisation
Els van Dijk (NL), Office manager
Jasper Kamphuis (NL, intern, 2020
Previously at RNDR
Ferdinand Sorg (DE), Intern, 2019
Jaekook Han (KR), Intern, Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYC, 2019
Gábor Kerekes (HU), Developer, 2017-2019
Amir Houieh (IR), Developer, 2017-2018
Łukasz Gula (PL), Intern, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2018
Noemi Biro (RO), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2018
Selection of exhibitions
Open Highway, Raum, Utrecht, 2018
Typojanchi Typography Biennale Seoul, main exhibitor (as LUST), 2017
Cartographies of Rest, interactive installation at Mile End Art Pavilion in London (as LUST), 2016
Hyperlocator, What’s next, Future Tomorrow, 38CC Delft (as LUST), 2016
Type/Dynamics exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (as LUST), 2014
Selection of lectures
Presentation at GitHub Satellite, 2020
Lecture at Britisch Library for Central Saint Martins' Form, Reform, Perform: futures of writing, 2019
MiXit conference, Lyon, 2019
Google Span conference, presentation and demo, Helsinki, 2018
JFuture conference, Minsk, 2018
Creative Coding Utrecht, Launch of OPENRNDR, 2018
Selection of workshops
Weeklong workshop OPENRNDR @Politecnico di Milano, 2020
OPENRNDR x Machine Learning workshop @ KABK during Tech Week, 2020
Two week OPENRNDR workshop at Tumo, Armenia, 2019
Workshop OPENRNDR at Artez Interaction Design, Arnhem, 2019
Processing Community Day 2019, CCU and Sensorlab, Utrecht, 2019
Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Techweek, The Hague, 2019
Utrecht School for the Arts (HKU), OPENRNDR workshop, 2018
La Scuola Open Source, 1-week workshop, Bari, Italy, 2018
Two-week workshop at TUMO foundation, Yerevan, Armenia, 2019

Contact

RNDR

Paviljoensgracht 20
2512 BP, The Hague
+31 (0)70.3635776

info@rndr.studio


INTERNSHIPS

We are mostly looking for interns that have a background in interactive design. Some experience in coding is preferred. 

interns@rndr.studio

OPENRNDR
Open source framework for creative coding that simplifies writing real-time interactive software

info@openrndr.org
openrndr.org