Slow Art Day 4 April 2020 One Project

(ONE Project, s.d.)
Slow Art Day organized by ONE Project (creative duo Marta Grabowska & Magdalena Zoledz) and artBLAB.

Marta Grabowska Curator talk The art of Slow Looking
(Evening of art talks on Instagram: “Here is the first ever #artBLABonline. Our first speaker is @martuga.grabowska who is an art historian and independent curator, talking…”, s.d.) (artBLAB: evening of art talks in London, s.d.)
(artBLAB - Marta Grabowska ‘The Art of Slow Looking’, s.d.)

Marta is an art historian and independent curator.

She begins her talk with an image of people taking lots of images in a Museum but do not really look at the work.  Slow art is the antidote to this. So what is Slow Art? It is a dialogue between the artwork and the viewer, an experiential practice with active engagement rather than passive viewing. The viewer looks at the artwork as if no-one has ever seen it before. Experience art on an emotional, spiritual, sensory, and cognitive level. Quality over quantity. Art can be enjoyed by anybody no matter what their social status and level of education is.  Art should be viewed in an active rather than passive way. Forget all previous knowledge of the artist and the artwork and look at the work in more depth.

Marta then presented her 7 step “Guide to Slow Looking:-

1       Schedule time and Place
          Choose a museum or an art gallery and allow yourself the time to look. Don’t rush.
2       Bring Supplies
          Coloured pencils, paper and pen – use them to enhance your looking.  Record shapes, colours, textures and sizes – all that will help you focus on other details of the artwork.
3       Choose one artwork
          Don’t assume you have to see it all.  Be selective. It is more important to really focus and contemplate one artwork than run through a gallery and remember nothing.
4       First Look then Read
          Don’t assume that you have to read a label or an exhibition text to understand the artwork.
5       Spend at least 15 mins with the artwork
          Immerse yourself in the work of art and look at it like nobody else has ever seen it before. View it disregarding your previous knowledge and engage in a sensory experience. Write down your observations. Use descriptive rather than prescriptive vocabulary.  This is very true – going through my first OCA notes they are the second and no help when you revisit them.
6       Ask Questions
          Time yourself, that will help you see how long it takes to really see certain parts of the artwork.
7       Get informed
          Now you can read the label and find out the biography of the artist, the price of the artwork, the meaning of the symbols and allegories included.” (artBLAB - Marta Grabowska ‘The Art of Slow Looking’, s.d.)

The 7 steps above I would totally agree with and they give you the tools to really appreciate artworks.

Online exhibition Elena-Andreea Teleaga: No Return to Comfort Zone and artist talk with Marta
(Elena Andreea Teleaga | Lens-based media artist, s.d.)

Firstly we were to watch Elena’s exhibition. She was lucky that some of her work was already installed and could be filmed in situ. I listened to the artist’s talk and discussion first and then had to look at the video afterwards. This was the first artist talk and online exhibition I had seen since mine had been postponed and I was looking to see if online was possible for me.

After allowing 7.26 minutes to look at Elena’s work we continued the Zoom meeting for her artist talk and a Q&A session afterwards. Her artist info regarding the project was on the information sheet and is detailed below:-

“It can take 7.26 minutes, it can take 1440 minutes, it will be a different story every time. Whatever you find, it is about the story you can imagine. Not the truth. There is this gap between the parts that doesn’t allow us to find who we actually are. Always searching and giving up. We are what they made us eat, what they made us read, made us watch, made us repeat, made us breathe. We are all like silkworms, like bees that need to be exploited for what they can produce. Ugly, but useful. Organised in these systems that don’t work for us. Beauty. Body control, mind control and everyone is out of control. The heartbeat is not consistent any more. Can we start from the beginning? I don’t believe there is a return to the comfort zone”.(ONE Project, s.d.)

The talk went well and I learnt that it would be possible to have an online exhibition with an artist talk. However I will need to resolve the fact that my work has not been hung. Elena said that her online exhibition was completely different in context to the one she had envisaged in the classroom. This is something I need to bear in mind as unless I completely replicate the gallery space my exhibition will not be the same.

 Me, third from the top watching part of the installation.

and DJ set from Sarah Nicol and Holly Buckle (Nicol, s.d.)

I listened to Sarah and Holly’s DJing and found it really relaxing, a great end to the day. I had no idea what the tracks were except they felt right.

 References and citations
artBLAB - Marta Grabowska ‘The Art of Slow Looking’ (s.d.) At: (Accessed  20/04/2020).
artBLAB: evening of art talks in London (s.d.) At: (Accessed  20/04/2020).
Elena Andreea Teleaga | Lens-based media artist (s.d.) At: (Accessed  18/04/2020).
Evening of art talks on Instagram: “Here is the first ever #artBLABonline. Our first speaker is @martuga.grabowska who is an art historian and independent curator, talking…” (s.d.) At: (Accessed  18/04/2020).
Nicol, N. (s.d.) Nana and Grandad’s Slow Time Radio. At: (Accessed  18/04/2020).
ONE Project (s.d.) At: (Accessed  18/04/2020).