The death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, added a new element of anxiety to an already nervous nation. Millions of Americans have been largely confined to their homes for weeks as the COVID 19 virus swept through the country and 100,000 people have died, according to official estimates which are believed to be lower than the real toll. The economy has cratered as a result and is unlikely to recover quickly even as some of the most restrictive stay at home orders start to ease..
A rush of developments led them to call off the races. The event medical team said it expected the number of COVID 19 cases in Minnesota to grow in the coming days, and the state department of health said it soon would begin recommending that large public gatherings be canceled. The International Ski Federation called off a World Cup Alpine event in Sweden after a member of the sponsor support team tested positive for coronavirus; two others showed symptoms, and all were placed under quarantine..
In December 1988, a bomb destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people. A Libyan citizen, Abdel Baset Mohamed Ali al Megrahi, was eventually tried and found guilty of the largest case of mass murder in UK history. But Megrahi has always maintained his innocence and many serious commentators have continued to express doubts about this conviction..
My first encounter was at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. There, in a darkened room, his five screen video Angels for the Millennium (2001) unfurled. Like almost all Viola work, its protagonists are minimal: fire, water and solitary figures who emerge and dissolve out of these elemental, orgasmic beginnings as if they are simultaneously dying and being born..