Slow Art Preamble.

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It’s about Slow part which encourages moderation in art field. Taking more time with artworks rather than chaining them.

I chose to group here several roots linked to art: Slow Architecture, Slow Book, Slow Media and Slow Music.

Slow Architecture.

Slow Architecture defends the idea of sustainable construction, respectful about environment, social and ethics.

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In Slow Architecture, we find the “Slow Building” notion developed by the 2012’s Pritzker price winner – equivalent to Nobel price for architecture – the Chinese architect Wang SHU. This movement is militating for an architecture that is merging in the scene and using sustainable materials in time.

The “contemplation” value is a Slow Architecture’s important point too: watching the construction as artwork. Another major criterion of this movement is proximity with workers (which reminds Slow Management).

Some Slow Architecture examples:

hangzou-campus-beaux-arts-ecole-architecture-pritzker1 - Crédits photos-Lv Hengzhong
Credits photos-Lv Hengzhong

Slow Architecture puts forward the idea that the job has a civic and an ecologic dimension in the sense that used resources must be calculated minutely to limit the environmental impact.

Slow Book.

This movement was born in Italy in 2009. Contrary to the first idea we could have, Slow Book doesn’t defend a slow reading.

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It’s about pushing forward books that don’t have large media coverage. For example, this concerns local or regional independent authors. Or, books that bring reflection and go against the current general mind.

One of Slow Book axis is to increase books’s presence time in shelves and to promote more “outsider” books. Slow Book is also closely linked to neighborhood or city bookstores.

This movement allows reinforcing the reader’s free will by diversifying the literary offer. For further information, click on Lekti Ecritures.

Slow Media.

In a world where ultra-connection prevails and information flow is in non-stop, it’s hard for Medias to keep quality up about information dissection. Moreover, add “free” in this cocktail and it will be indigestible. Slow Media try to heal this problem by privileging information quality rather than quantity.

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To make audience and after digital development, medias must absolutely broadcast information in a continuous flow. Result, editions prefer seeking catchy and sensational titles rather than making real deep researches about important current topics. Thereby, a phenomenon appeared due to “information quantity race” and is now a basis. This is “information recovery”. In the article “Medias, économie et sociologie de la connaissance économique” (“Medias, economy and sociology of economical knowledge”), Philippe STEINER explains that “journalists are reading to each others and, that’s why, they are quoting each others together. Which means, each information is broadcast and reproduced in the same way on different supports”. Overall, journalists don’t deeply check information, but they trust each other. You must understand that if the information donor is wrong, mistakes are multiplied on every medias.

Another problem linked to this unlimited quantity of information, the public is deprived of a thinking time about mentioned topic, and doesn’t make a deep personal opinion.

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To fight against bad quality infobesity, a citizen and professional collective created “Slow Media”. This “Slow” field promotes the consumption of nutritive, local and quality information.

After this development of philosophy, German journalists published a Slow Media manifesto in which we can find 14 items among: Slow Medias aim perfection or Slow Medias respect their users.

This logic naturally brings “Slow Journalism”. This one will produce a quality media with researched and rich content. It appeared as Magbook paper support (also called Mooks). It’s an intermediate between books and magazines. Websites also exist such as GlobalMagazine, Mediapart or Fakir (in France).

Slow Music.

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As Slow Music exists, I have to introduce you to this universe. It’s simply about privilege the music’s slow tempo and smooth sonority. These are melodies that allow mind opening (Zen music, smooth electro…).

Personal thought about Slow Art. 

In general, I am reserved about “Slow Art” part. Indeed, art is a really subjective domain and it’s very hard to express a global critic. Even if taking time in this field seems a good thing to me, tastes and colors can’t be debatable.

For example, about music, do you like slow tempo or smooth sonority…?

Conversely, taking time for medias seems be a good idea in order to get back to quality information and to limit the “information recovery” phenomenon.