Even when socially isolated, we can be bound together by our wishes. Wishes from Quarantine is a cross-platform project developed during the pandemic of 2020-21, using the constraints of the time as part of the piece. In the work, participants across the globe are guided via a web application in articulating a personal wish through text and voice. The participants then launch their wish into a physical wish container where they are stored over the course of the installation.

In the physical space, the wishes are video projected onto the walls and interact with one another — floating, bouncing, falling, being set in reference to each other. Participants can visit the installation in person and, following health protocols, immerse themselves in the projections and sound. Entering alone or with viral partners, they can listen to the voices of wishers from near and far. Those not in the physical space can watch the exhibit via a live online stream.

All wishes are archived on the project’s webpage. Virtual visitors can arrange them with support from Google's Natural Language Processing (NLP) categorization tool. They can see the overlaps in the wishes of people across space — people who will likely never meet, yet may share aspirations. The experience reminds us of the existence of millions of others and their wishes, so that we may be meaningfully connected, even while physically apart.

Creative Direction
Magdalena Kovarik

Visual Design & UX
Magdalena Kovarik with Ann-Katrin Bernhard and Anna Meide

Software Development
Pierre Depaz

(c) Julien Menand

(c) Julien Menand

(c) Sarah Berger

(c) Sarah Berger