In this piece, my goal was to comedically explore the ways the Zoom platform has altered the way we experience the classroom. As students, we can attend a lecture from anywhere, and this often ends up being in less than optimal spaces for being present in the online classroom. Attending class from the couch, a bed, or even from work isn’t the greatest way to foster focus, but it is common in our new reality since it is convenient and comfortable.
I have set up my own “Zoom Classroom” where I play multiple characters in different settings, all doing things that one may see or do in a Zoom meeting. I want people to recognize the different scenes I add to my work as things they have seen others do or as things they have done themselves. I also put a comedic spin on things as I have heard many funny stories from the “Zoom-sphere,” and I think comedy added to the fact that none of us is really sure how online learning will affect us long term. The Zoom platform is a great way for us to see others, but also a way that we can reflect on ourselves.
Morgan Gerard is a mixed-media artist with a background in photography and visual arts. Her strengths are in digital photography using a DSLR but she uses a variety of approaches such as working with a drone, analogue photography and scanography to create images. She aims to have a visual artist practice with a focus on creating physical artworks.