We’re in Paris again. I know a lot has happened before we landed here (and a lot has happened since) but I really want to share this small but wonderful exhibition titled Slow Art - part of the Paris Designers’ Days. Because of all the hiccups and setbacks we’ve had getting the blog going, this exhibition actually fired me up to share it. Not all works are included here as some of them were really difficult to photograph.
Slow Art is a natural iteration of the Slow Movement started in the 1980s in reaction to the increasing ‘fast food’ way of life. It focuses on taking time to enjoy both the preparation and savouring of a meal, rather than a largely unconscious gobble-n-go reflex to the ever increasing pace of life. (See link below) With so much time saving technology available today, speed and efficiency seems more highly valued than quality of life. There seems less time for reflection, just being, and staying aware of the process as well as the end product.
In contrast to this rush-rush world, these artists put creativity, perseverance, and highly technical skill to the test for a kind of satisfaction money can never buy. Slow Art is also about ‘see(s) a value in slowness itself.’ Quite a revolutionary attitude in our high-speed, efficiency focused world.
It was held in the Swedish Institute, (SI Paris) housed in the beautiful 16th century Hotel de Marle in the old Marais district. SI’s purpose is to encourage Swedish-French cultural exchange. Besides a fine library and permanent art collection, it hosts temporary exhibitions, cinema, and other events and happenings. Unfortunately this exhibition doesn’t have much of a web presence, but when I said I wanted to blog about it, the staff I spoke to were happy about that.
We’d passed by this place many times as it was near where we stayed in 2011. This day, Tina had spied the café menu offering soupe de jour and we agreed it was high time we investigated. Delicious vegetable soup – and strawberry tart and chocolate cake – then we discovered it was in fact Swedish. Not French. It is very near Hotel Carnavalet and well worth a visit.
… I must add A HUGE THANK YOU to Stephanie Champion for helping iron the many bugs between intention and actually getting the blog up and running again – for her encouragement and patience as well as her awesome technical experience and expertise. It has been slow art in practise, though certainly at times I have been aware of how much a beginner I am in terms of patience with the process.