Since the beginning of 2020, the Coronavirus manifestation has unfolded, adding an unexpected colophon to my otherwise well-honed fieldwork-in-Mongolia trajectory and annual international travel routine.
Whilst certain continuities and ideas about one’s socially-constructed self—that is, ‘what I do‘ as a mind’s eye reflection of ‘who I am‘—have been unexpectedly disrupted, Covid19’s lingering presence in Australia, for now, requires that I refrain from travelling to other countries and instead stay and work from home. It has yet to become clear as to where the arc of Covid19-related broader social change will lead us, let alone how this may influence my out-in-the-field ethnographic study and its presentation here.
A parallel narrative, however, describes how during this same time, there has been a welcomed development in two of my important at home continuities: the study of music and that of Buddhist philosophy Gelug-style.
In this context, having already established and developed mutually-enriching face-to-face communication with mentors and peers, the other important, if not critical-to-the task enablers are the vast array of currently available information and communication technologies (ICTs) when one has worked out how to use them well and selectively for one’s own purposes.
With such an array of ICTs now at our fingertips, there is really no excuse. It’s the perfect time to just get on with the doing. How fortunate are we? More time to practice. More time to explore, study and learn about the things we consider important.
I have also come to the conclusion that as an information design framework for the presentation of my endeavours in this the public domain, that the inter-locking and multimedia ‘broad fields’ design of this website, as initially conceived and implemented back in January 2014 in tandem with its sister YouTube channel, are robust and fluid enough to accomodate possible future shifts in foci, that is, if I decide to ‘pivot my interests’ (such a nice turn of phrase don’t you think?) in response to prolonged international travel restrictions and other changes here in Oz.
Here’s New York-based Kate Davis performing her fabulous version of All About that [Upright] Bass.
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