Slowness in the Arts

Artists addressing slowness, duration, and acceleration

Archive for the 'visual art' 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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Speed + Networks

Derek Hales is an Architect and has been a member of the RIBA since 1992. He is recognised for his work in digital media and artist-led research and development (R&D) in work supported by the Arts Council of England since 2001. Hales’ research interest is in different readings of simulacra and in fictional worlds of art, design and architecture. Between 2006-2008 Hales worked collaboratively with architects, digital design agencies, artists, musicians and filmmakers on publicly funded R&D projects in Future Media, Future Technologies and Futures Studies. Hales returned fully to his own research, studio practice and research supervision in 2009. As Principal Lecturer in Digital Media Design, Hales is subject leader in the field of digital photography, future cinema, animation, motion graphics, interactive fiction and electronic art. He is currently a research student at the London Consortium ( Birkbeck College, ICA, Architectural Association, Tate, Science Museum) on their interdisciplinary  Cultural Studies and the Humanities programme, where he is researching Design Fictions and the speculative culture of people doing strange things with electricity. He is interested in the topic of slowness and think that it is a timely moment to reconsider speed and networks.

(Submitted by Derek Hales)

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The Right Moment

Dr. Harald Kraemer teaches at the Departement Design at Zurich University of Arts giving seminar about techiques and strategies of deceleration and slowness. By analyzing works of art, scenes from movies, poems, and writings on famous artist,  Dr. Kraemer teaches his students how to decelerate their daily speed, learn the power of slowness and how to discover their abilities in finding “the right moment.”

(Submitted by Dr. Harald Kraemer)

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