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Tiz Creel

Updated: May 29, 2020

What don't you miss about pre-Corona life?

I do not miss the arrogance of leaders, thinking that nothing can bring them down.

In many ways, I enjoy looking at how the flaws of politics, economics, and society and reaching the surface and slapping us in the face. On the other hand, I'm terrified to lose someone that I love.

How are you currently feeling about the global pause?

I have mixed feelings.

Many things have changed. The repercussions have put me in a tough situation (many related to income). That said, there are many virtues of the "pause." I believe that what drives most people mad is the involuntary incarceration and uncertainty. But in any other circumstance, I'm sure most people need a "pause" from time to time.

Long term, how do you think this will affect the industry?

I can't even begin to imagine how it will be. At this point, there are too many things on the table, but the holy grail is the economy. We can be almost sure that we will be facing the most significant recession of our times. Arts, in those means, is not a priority.

I do believe that the isolation and the general situation will make many people start creating art that will later define this era. The work that is created during this time will be part of history in one way or the other. Art will always continue to thrive, evolve and challenge the world. The industry, though, that is different. I have no hopes or expectations. The only way the industry will change is by changing the entire way we live and operate. I do believe that we have a golden opportunity to rethink and recreate the structures that reign our lives. Honestly, if something like this won't make us change, nothing will.

What are you doing daily to maintain your focus and energy, to continue to create?

I have to be doing something that I enjoy. Usually, I spend a significant amount of time writing applications and doing boring admin stuff. It feels unbearable to engage with that right now.

On the other hand, In two weeks, I created five different digital works and a virtual gallery space to show them in a live private view. I can spend hours doing my thing with no interruption when I'm enjoying what I'm dong.

I also try to do some exercise and generate some good "habits," but I have been too inconsistent lately to make that claim.

Can you please explain your work situation; either work that you're currently creating, or work that has been affected by COVID-19?

I created a gallery that "does not exist" to be able to show my work during this time.

I will continue to develop and explore ways to make digital interactive experiences by using video games engines similar frameworks. I am also creating music, and hopefully, I can get a rap project going that I been working on for years now.


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