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.