by student Samyukta Santhakumar
Balconies have been taken for granted, seen merely as projections from buildings. That was until 2020.
When the pandemic hit, people were forced to stay indoors and balconies became a place of freedom; a perch from which you could experience the real world, smell fresh air, hear the birds chirp, maybe even see other humans. Balconies eventually transformed and became “liminal spaces” from which new forms of entertainment were born. People sang songs from their balconies to entertain people, others played ping pong with their neighbours while some banged utensils to show support for medical workers. This phenomenon was witnessed globally during the onset of the pandemic.