'It feels like they don't want us to survive' is an online 'digital archive' of millions of readable stories and experiences of those struggling and let down by Universal Credit.
However: everything in the project is entirely fictional, created using algorithmic text generation and a lot of input from real sources (without any identifying information being kept). The project is statistically correct, in line with the Government's own figures, meaning the scenarios and makeup of the stories created will match the makeup of the real U.C. system. In total the project will generate 2.8 million stories from before the pandemic, and a further 1.4 million following it (exact numbers subject to real UC data, but thereabouts).
Users can browse and link to specific stories, or simply read endless streams of random ones. The project is hosted on a separate site and will hopefully be installable as a constantly upating artwork - as at home in a gallery as it would be projected really big onto the sides of buildings.
The Thrill Of It All is a durational poetic blog about practicing gratitude and celebrating the small stuff. Using lists, recipes, photographs, affirmations and mindfulness techniques, Megan has created daily content, using social media platforms, blogs and audio design to create a stream of content throughout lockdown.
The end result is an audio piece and series of photographic graphics, tying together this advice and observations. The content is calming, joyful, reflective and resilience building motivational material, reminding readers and listeners of the tiny pleasures still to be enjoyed, and how to carve out and embrace moments of stillness within the chaos of the wider world.