Alan Peng is a video maker and photographer in Toronto. His work mainly focuses on telling stories surrounding cultural events.
Claudia Wong is a nail artist in Toronto. Her designs utilize negative space and three dimensional shapes to create intricate but simplistic designs.
Why did you get involved in this project?
We thought it was a fun opportunity to remotely collaborate with people during a turbulent time in the world.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
Being forced to submit in a week helped the creative process because it gave a limitation. Especially during the beginning of the state of emergency in Ontario, we had to use only what was available at home. It was interesting to think about sanitary items, such as gloves, that seemingly went from mundane to essential overnight.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
We had to just trust the process and whatever came out of it. Admittedly, the uncertainty made us little uneasy, but also trusting the process made it fun.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
Only worked on one video due to availability. However the feeling of open possibilities and collaborating with people that we otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to collaborate with is what made me want to work on more videos.