Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event that makes art through celebrating art. You can have a look at ikono’s part over here.
How Does It work?
One day each year – April 28 in 2012 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at a small number of pre-selected works for 5 to 10 minutes each. After their individual viewing, participants meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus as much attention as possible on the art and the art of seeing.
Slow Art Day is designed to enable powerful individual experiences within a sustainable and growing global movement. Participants not only benefit from their viewing experience, but are empowered by being a part of the collective experience.
This 2010 ARTNews feature article, Slow Down You Look Too Fast, provides an excellent overview of Slow Art Day.
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” (Henry David Thoreau)
How is Slow Art Day Art?
Like all art, we can understand it better when we look more closely. Let’s take a closer look at Slow Art Day.
Challenging the Division Between “Creators” and “Consumers”
We don’t accept that there’s a hard division between the people who make art and the people who look at it. We believe that there is an art to seeing – and that it’s a creative act. We also believe that the artist, the viewer, and all the other players (curators, educators, security guards, reporters, buyers) are part of the collective act of creating art.
Celebrating the Art of Organizing
We don’t accept the conservative definition nor artificial bounds of creativity. We believe that bringing people together, organizing, is itself a form of art. The core volunteers who make Slow Art Day happen every year are creative organizers. The keyboard is our brush, the paint is the spirit of inclusivity and the canvas is our digital world – the website, Facebook page, Twitter presence, email communications, and blog posts. We are motivated by the vision we have for redefining the experience of looking at art and promoting our love for art in all its forms.
Artists as Inspiration
We look to past, present and future artists to inspire us. One example is the work of Sol LeWitt. By creating beautiful and precise structures that through direction can be installed in a variety of places, LeWitt was able to spread his art beyond his own physical reach. Like LeWitt, though radicalized through the modern powers of the Internet an the desire for self-organization, the thousands of hosts, volunteers and participants of Slow Art Day are able to spread their work of art across the globe. Instead of detailed instructions, we provide only a few simple operating principles and then ask the local hosts to improvise and create their own local event. As creative organizers, they select the museum or gallery, the art works, the post-viewing location, and the topics for discussion. All around the world, on Slow Art Day, our volunteers create art.
Go to SlowArtDay.com to find out more.