Documented Days

To write: to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive; to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.

Georges Perec, ‘Species of Spaces’ (1974)

‘Documented Days’ was the first mini-project run by the Viral Papers. Inspired by Perec’s understanding of what it means to write, we asked people to document their days, wherever they were in the world, whatever they were doing. We then compiled their ‘diary entries’ under this section of the website. In the responses, we found frustrations, feelings of immanent change, yearnings towards future plans and reflections on the changes brought about by COVID. However, writing also became a way for those who contributed to ‘Documented Days’ to mould something from the time that had passed and the time they were in: to bear witness to the moments, however difficult, mundane or abnormal, they were in.

Click on the images below to have a read through the ‘Documented Days’.

Art credit: All Anna Curzon Price other than 9th August (by Joanna Lake).

16th June
26th June
27th July
16th June
9th July
9th August
21st June
16th July