Dimensions Variable launches Get Well Soon, a project by Sam Lavigne and Tega Brain. As part of our new digital initiative, we want to focus on work that conceptually engages with the internet, social media, and all the elements of our current state of technology and how they affect social dynamics. In this case, crowdfunding culture, healthcare or the lack of it, and social engagement.
Get Well Soon is a massive e-card comprised of over 200,000 unique messages of well wishes. The messages are sourced from the popular crowdfunding site gofundme.com, a self-described “leader in online medical fundraising”, which, due to lack of affordable healthcare in the United States is widely relied upon for funding vital medical procedures.
As we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of so many people globally, this work provides many layers to unpack. The United States is unraveling under the pressure of something we’ve never seen before. A force that doesn’t care about politics, the economy, or geographic borders. This virus is exposing not only the faults in what we thought was a first world country but some positive aspects of technology and community.
In the void left by an inadequate healthcare system, people have had to figure out how to help each other. As massive unemployment rises and infections spike in many areas around the country, the insanity of citizens crowdfunding for their lives becomes ever more depressing. Nothing seems to be more dystopic.
Get Well Soon was commissioned earlier in 2020 as part of the online exhibit We=Link, co-commissioned by Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Art Center Nabi (Seoul), and Rhizome of the New Museum (New York).