Dear friends,
After many months of conversation & collaboration, we (Saffronia & Rosemary) are pleased to announce that our new online publication Viral Ecologies is here!

When the pandemic hit Chicago in early March, we began talking about how this period of isolation was reshaping our frame of reference. 

The flimsy systems that hold things together seemed to be falling apart. Milk and meat were wasted on midwestern roadsides– revealing the inefficiency and brutality of our broken food system. Videos that capture police brutality went viral as institutional racism was once again held to the light.

We sheltered, cloaking ourselves with masks and gloves, but new perspectives were simultaneously unveiled. Viral Ecologies emerged from our conversations.

In this landscape we asked each other:

What systems, visible or invisible, become apparent through viral thinking?

When we shelter what do we see?

We now open Viral Ecologies to transmit thought.

We founded this publication as a multipronged investigation of emergence. Emergence as the process of revelation after concealment. Emergence as small parts of large systems that work together to give rise to diverse patterns. And emergence as the coalescence of new thought.

In this inaugural issue, six artists grapple with emergent perspectives in the landscape of Covid-19. As systems continue to shift beneath our feet, please explore the dynamic media created by this group of talented artists.

Stay safe with love & solidarity,

Saffronia & Rosemary


Stay tuned for our next issue Winter 2021!


viralecologies@gmail DOT com

Issue No. 1 (September 2020)

Video: E. Saffronia Downing, co-founder

Video: Rosemary Holliday Hall, co-founder

Performance: Leo N. Vicenti

Mapping: Hannah Hirsekorn

Essay: Stephan-Bernard Callendar

Essay: Denny Mwaura

Sonic Visual Essay: Katie Wood

Game: Unyimeabasi Udoh