Slowness in the Arts

Artists addressing slowness, duration, and acceleration

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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