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)

What is it like to try to communicate the experience of an entire lived day, or lived point in time?

‘Documented Days’ was the first mini-project run by the Viral Papers in 2020 and 2021. 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. Browse the responses we received: amongst them, you will find joy, mundanity, frustrations, and yearnings. But most importantly, they are attempts to put into form what it was like to live a day during an extraordinary time.

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
9th February (2021)