Slowness in the Arts

Artists addressing slowness, duration, and acceleration

Archive for the 'installation' Category


ART IN PROCESS, is an Australian /Austrian artist team that works on the intersection of installation, video, performance and live art with a special focus on creating work that requires audiences to listen and watch for longer periods of time. Most of their video installations are over 15 min in length. Performances play with slow movements to make aware of the fast world around us, about mass consumption and wastefulness, and about how globalization influences our way of living.

(Submitted by Bello Benischauer & Elisabeth M Eitelberger)

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Still Standing

Like Camille Utterback’s Text Rain and other interactive installations in its genre, Still Standing invites participants to use their bodies as reading instruments. In order to read the poetic content of Nadeau and Lewis’s installation, that is, the viewer must remain perfectly still, her stillness causing the video-projected text to assemble as if attracted to a magnet. The structure of the work, along with its poetic content, might seem to suggest that reading requires cognitive rather than bodily engagement, that stillness is a necessary prerequisite. But the activity of standing still requires rigorous muscular control, such that Still Standing serves to remind us that reading is a fundamentally embodied activity.

(Submitted by Stephanie Strickland)

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Inner Forests

In “Inner Forests”, a user’s shadow is augmented and expanded by the gentle growth of trees and shrubs. The longer the user stands still, the more growth occurs. If the user moves, the growth disappears quickly.

While the notion of augmenting the human form through shadow has been widely explored in new media art, what strikes me often is the frequency with which the expectation of immediate feedback and instant gratification is rewarded. With this piece, I was interested in the concept of slow interactions, interactions that take patience and investment from the user; that develop a personal relationship between the user and their shadow rather than constructs an interface where the shadow is merely a tool.

Slow interaction rewards the user for personal investment over time.

Inner Forests from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.

(Submitted by Michael Kontopoulos)

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Shadows and Falling Light

One of our recurring interests is interactive work that doesn’t react immediately to a participant’s presence. Its operation is simple: when standing still in front of the installations, your silhouette is slowly filled in with colour, merging with the silhouettes of the others who have stood there before you.

Quadratura Interactive Dance 03 from Quadratura on Vimeo.

(Submitted by Alex May)

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