Slow Art

The images below have been installed on billboards throughout the city, an optimum location for reaching busy people in transit between home and work. The photographs I took represent places in the city where I conducted sensory experiments. These were attempts at experiencing slowness within the city, for instance at a busy street corner, on a path by the riverbank, in the underground passages. I see these works as an invitation to experience the benefits of slowness firsthand by triggering a moment of pause in the commuter.

Learn more about the project in this Free Press article “Slow down, stat!”

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Why the slowness experiments? While doing research on slowness, I needed to discover the personal and experiential potential of slowness in my own life. I understood that if it remained solely an intellectual exercise, it would undermine the possibility of my attaining a glimmer of real understanding. To do so, I began a series of slowness experiments over the course of the last several months, each day giving importance to a different sensory organ. Some of the experiments were focused and premeditated while others depended on happenstance and instinct. I also sat in meditation regularly each day in order to help calm the mind and experience time in a much slower manner. These experiments were challenging and my distracted mind often tried to sabotage these attempts, but ultimately, it was the only real way to open myself to a more reflective way of being.

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11 Responses to Slow Art

  1. Rylan says:

    I think your billboards are cool… where can I get a t-shirt?

  2. Kit Grandon says:

    One great slow “activity” is to note the colour of the snow as the sun sets. It changes hue as the sky gets darker. I stop and watch until street lighting has obliterated the natural light. Like all sunsets (and rainbows) one has to appreciate it at that time as it will not occur in the same way again.

  3. Amy Benfer says:

    Great work! Love the concept and the exploration. I will adapt this mantra in my own life.

  4. andrew says:

    Hi Dominique:
    This is awesome, good job, love your project!
    You might be interested in a local facebook group in Winnipeg called “Slow Winnipeg”. It is a group that encourages ‘slowing’ down. Here is the link:
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=100001747802774

  5. j monk says:

    sadly,the pace of life most experience really revolves around the attainment and aggrandizement of money and the objectification and ownership of “things”, including people. the gigantic web we have all been enraptured by only pulls us ever closer to the banal reality that we are exactly the speedy , witless consumer that keeps the so-called wheels of commerce rolling, eventually, over all of us. from slow movement and deliberate thoughtfulness to outside these confines completely would be the preferred route…as we slowly disappear into the sunset like in a classic western film. the wheel will roll without you quite perfectly. there is nothing to worry about…

  6. Georges says:

    I have worked with deadlines all my life …the first thing I did when I retired was to throw away my watch and buy a country property in the rapids section of the Roseau River. Have been living here for ten years now and we have a small campground so people can come and enjoy the surroundings. As I like to say “ come slow down at the rapids“. To see why go to http://www.oroseau.ca . Feel free to call any time.
    p.s. I think I`ll add: come do less, slowly …to my saying…..!!
    WARNING …there is no cell phone service here and no internet access !!!!!!!!!

  7. Lynne says:

    Along with enjoying the sunset, we can give ourselves the experience of the sunrise,
    which is often even more breathtaking.
    What better way to start the day than with a few moments of stillness and the opportunity to approach the day ahead with a spirit of appreciation and gratitude.

  8. Racheal Tycoles says:

    This project conveys different meanings in all walks of life, it still hits home no matter what.

  9. Great idea. People in our society are afraid that moving “slowly” will leave them behind, when really “slow” brings perspective, appreciation, and great enjoyment by savouring the people, the event, life… There’s a time and a place for everything and our society now more than ever needs to make the time for a little “slow”. 🙂

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