A 3D 2021 calendar telling some other stories of 2020.

'The Year That Didn’t Happen’ is a social commentary of the world in 2020.

As 2020 drew to an end, many had been associating the end of the year with the “end of coronavirus” but as 2021 began, that end seemed to move further away. 

This calendar is here to shine some light on a selection of events that also happened in the world in 2020. Events, that could run the risk of being forgotten under the cloak of the one big story of the year.

Each month of 2021 has a visual produced in relation to the captioned story, each visual is unique - its form and structure are controlled by specific figures pertaining to the month’s event (detailed in the captions).

To break away from the flatness of communication and socialisation via video call, this project uses the Anaglyph 3D effect, so that when wearing the correct 3D glasses (red/cyan) each month’s image breaks away from the 2D surface it is presented on.

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Reflecting on the 2020 experience, from various perspectives including my own, those of friends and family, and media exposure, I have been able to summarise some of these mindsets that have in some way been impacted by the pandemic. This piece tells a few of the stories at risk of being forgotten amongst the constant stream of Covid-19 headlines.

Opinions that jumped out to me were; a strong urge to forget 2020, long lists of activities, opportunities and events people felt they missed out on, new, different, sometimes good, sometimes bad experiences, the impact on ways and amount of use of social media, the need to hide, the transformation of personal interactions and how they are regarded, the sudden forbidden nature of certain everyday things and the rapid move to prolonged social engagement on a variety of 2.5D platforms.

In accumulating these points, I saw a variety of positives and negatives that ‘forgetting 2020’ wouldn’t represent. A look back over my own year, highlighted how much had happened even if a lot of things hadn’t happened.

Conscious to represent not just my own personal year and with a nod to COVID-19 news fatigue, I have examined other 2020 events. This was an explorative research process, looking at web sources, such as BBC, The Guardian, YouTube and The Met Office along with where those sources took me as well as what others remember from the year. The result was a list of events and related statistics representing each month of 2020 and ready to influence the forms assigned to each month in the 2021 calendar.

My personal guidelines for my selection process:

•   A positive or an awe-inspiring note within the event.

•    2-3 statistics per story. 

•   Highlight the more hopeful points that news sources can often shroud.

•   Variety of sources

I have also chosen 12 of my own images from 2020 that were never shared but are a memory of an unforgettable year and used them as a jumping off point mapping 2020 onto 2021, a year with hopefully a little more light at the end of the tunnel and still a continued appreciation of the experiences we are able to have.

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