I found the lecture by Emma Neuberg especially thought provoking as it delved deeper into global, social and personal contexts for 'fast' and 'slow'. I was surprised to find myself quite emotional about this. I shouldn't have been surprised as the subject runs so deep in our capitalist consumer culture and affects us as all. Patterns of behaviour and social norms are so ingrained that we stop noticing.
A few words from the conference on slow:
time for reflection
When I think about all of this I realise it brings me back to where I started at the beginning of my MA (in a good way). A brief recap will draw some connections with my research over the past year and half, and the fast / slow subject:
- I started out with a whole muddle of different ideas that seemed connected but struggled to work out how...
- then from this developed two distinct themes: busyness and quietude
- these themes of quietude and busyness represented my personal response to environment - speed of living; proliferation of image and object; over-stimulation; becoming de-sensitised; longing for space and time for reflection; looking for deeper engagement with the world
- I can now see these themes as closely aligned to ideas of 'fast' and 'slow'
- I have also been looking at particularity of place and feelings of home, belonging and displacement
- Some of this needs to be re-instated in my work - meaning, depth of engagement, sharing, personal wellbeing, connectedness, etc.
- My recent exploration of Hirst Wood as a specific focus for my work has given me the time and space I needed to reflect and 'open out'. Perhaps I have forgotten this and become too wrapped up in the process of making?
- The use of hand processes and materials found in situ has helped me feel more connected to my surroundings and given me a place to belong
There is a lot to draw out from this and I am only just beginning to realise the significance all this has for me. I have a lot more to do in understanding how to put this into practice.