"We are trying to create the longest letter in the world as part of a crowd-sourced art exhibit, called "Dear Loneliness," which will double as a memorial to 2020, the COVID-19 quarantine, racial injustice, and everything else this year."
If that doesn't get your attention, then this next bit should. The Harvard Economics Review is now backing the project by offering to publish the best letter sent in to the project by July 31. (see details in flyer below) That's a major boost for a fledgling Magazine and grass roots project, which we here at The Courrier have high hopes for.
So much so, that we have proudly partnered with Ex/Post on their global project. Sister founders Jessica and Sarah Lao explain it best.
"As part of an artistic installation, we seek to create the world's longest letter by compiling entries written by individuals like you about your frustrations, hopes, and experiences with isolation—connecting lonely people through art in the process. With your permission, your letters will be archived as both a record of the COVID-19 era and a crucial source of academic data for a poorly understood phenomenon. And yes, we will be breaking the Guinness world record letter length of 290 meters—three football fields or almost 1,000 sheets of A4 paper—together."
So, who exactly is Ex/Post Magazine and what is their mission statement?
"We’re a nonprofit independent literary and arts journal dedicated to the frontier of experimentation. More than spotlighting the best art and writing the Internet can find, we want to be a refuge for underrepresented voices, topics, and art forms; in short, we believe that good art should be enjoyed by all, regardless of arbitrary boundaries like genre." -Sarah Lao, Editor in Chief
And here is a final word on loneliness from the staff and Carissa Chen, who is also heavily involved in the project:
If you are interested in writing a letter and playing a role in what is sure to be a major international social experiment and pertinent archival study of a shifting point in human history, click the button to submit. Likewise, visit Ex/Post magazine and the Dear Loneliness project sites and follow both on Instagram to keep up with the latest groundbreaking news to come.
~author K. Day
One of the biggest driving ideals behind The Courrier was to become a platform which gives back to various relevant social and environmental causes.