Radio Booth Session 4: Permanent Jet Lag

Artists York Chang and Daniel R. Small introduce a molecular biologist stranded on an airplane for twelve days during the COVID-19 pandemic. The five stages of grief (denial, anger, negotiation, depression, and acceptance) unfold over interviews during his disorienting, perpetual flying quarantine.

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Radio Booth Session 4: Permanent Jet Lag

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Jul 02, 2020, 7:46 PM

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Artists York Chang and Daniel R. Small perform a fictional radio play that presents itself as a series of phone interviews recorded in mid-March with a molecular biologist who was stranded 38,000 feet in the air without a passport on an international flight for twelve consecutive days. Caught at the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the scientist found himself trapped in a peculiar kind of perpetual flying quarantine of his own making. These are excerpts of the actual recordings of those interviews, edited together for brevity and clarity, producing a narrative arc that loosely tracks the five stages of grief- denial, anger, negotiations, depression, and finally, acceptance.

This session of Radio Booth is a fourth addition to a series of public programs organized during York Chang’s exhibition at OCMA, York Chang: To Be Wrong with Infinite Precision (April 7 – September 1, 2019).

Photo: Daniel R. Small and York Chang.