hyphen /ˈhʌɪf(ə)n/ is the sign -, used to join two words together indicating a new combined meaning, or inserted between the syllables of a word when it is divided at the end of a line.
If on one hand the hyphen provides a connection, on the other side it sets up a distinction: this ambivalence properly describes the revolution which has molded the routine of academic research in distancing times. PhD students and post-docs are taking charge of this perturbation, both experiencing its derangement and promptly reacting to it, thus becoming the even-though-often-underestimated protagonists of the academic resistance against the pandemic. We dedicate to them this photo exhibition, realized by ADI Padova.
This virtual gallery exhibits twenty photo shoots, by Roberto Silvino, which exemplify the evolution of the academic research in the last few months. We decided to portrait, in a sort of reportage, the new home office working dynamics, the restrained accessibility to libraries and archives, but at the same time the research that, though with a new guise, keeps moving on, and it is constituted by people.
Glimpse.Research brought to light.
Wired.I cannot work with you, but I can work for you.
Sweethome.Where are the research places?
Shiny.When dark comes and everybody leaves.
Steady.Who stops will interrupt the flow.
I/O.A human controlling a computer from remote.
Human.A computer remotely controlled by a human.
Fracture.Distance between us, distance from us.
Dust.I never really left.
Interlude.The ring bells but you cannot go outside.
Crumbs.Count (only) on your library.
Talisman.Lab keys do not open doors anymore.
Dissect.Your visitor is the camera.
Smile.You can still recognize me.
Solid.Handle with care.
Focused.Chaos outside, order inside.
Tube.Hallway wall witness the curtailed appearances.
Still Life.Still life.
Net.Only deferred, but we can all take our part.
Pending.Togas have to wait.