Lockdown is an "exercise in presence and gratitude" says Beatie Wolfe

Ahead of today's VDF collaboration with Beatie Wolfe, the musician says that the coronavirus lockdown is a chance to celebrate "the little things that are so often overlooked" in this video message for Virtual Design Festival.

"I've been finding this time to be a great exercise in presence and gratitude," she said in the video filmed in Los Angeles.

Wolfe, who has been described as a "musical weirdo and visionary", will be sharing her music and artworks with Virtual Design Festival today.

Her programme will start at 11:00am UK time with the online premiere of the singer-songwriter's documentary Orange Juice for the Ears and culminate at 5:00pm with a live interview and performance. You can see the schedule of the day here.

Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based musician and artist. She has previously created a set of business-card-sized vinyl records embedded with a near-field communication (NFC) chip, which listeners tap against a smartphone to play.

Wolfe's video message features in Dezeen's launch movie for Virtual Design Festival, for which she provided the soundtrack. Her messages features alongside contributions from 34 other architects, designers and artists in lockdown around the world, including Stefano GiovanniEs DevlinIni ArchibongBen van Berkel and Bec Brittain. You can watch the full movie here.

Send us a video message

Dezeen invited architects, designers, artists and industry figures to record video messages from lockdown and made a montage of 35 video messages to launch Virtual Design Festival.

We'll be posting an individual video message each day. Check them out here. To submit your own message, see the brief here.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival runs from 15 April to 30 June 2020. It intends to bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

We will host a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more. It will complement and support fairs and festivals around the world that have had to be postponed or cancelled and it will provide a platform for design businesses, so they can, in turn, support their supply chains.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email vdf@dezeen.com.