Between September 2020 and July 2021, the covid pandemic and the implementation of Brexit left married Artists Désirée Coral and Killian Dunne stuck in two different countries: Coral, with the couple’s 3-year-old son in Ecuador, and Dunne in Scotland. Starting at either end of the book and eventually meeting in the middle, each artist documents and responds to their time spent apart in lockdown.
The book’s title “Concurrently Simultaneously” references 2 of the 733 words spoken by the character Lucky in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. Within the non-space of the play’s set where time is confused, undefinable, and distorted, Lucky felt that he was trapped in a net. Within “Concurrently Simultaneously” both artists explore the covid lockdown net as a page grid system. Pages and narratives have no linear progression. Time is documented as a blur of moments within the physical and digital net. Moments trapped in time look towards a pinned date in the future, while the pages of both artists inevitably progress to the centre point of the book.
The book was digitally printed at an edition of 50. A wall instillation version of the book was also produced.