DUST, DIALOGUE AND UNCERTAINTY: Slow Knowledge in Design Thinking and Practice
December 5, 2014 - February 7, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, December 4, 6-8 PM
Curated by Ana Paula Pais and Carolyn Strauss
+ info: www.slowLab.net
Artists and Designers:
Jeanne van Heeswijk
Judith Wehmeyer van den Boom
This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL.
PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY
144 West 14th St. | New York, NY 10011
212.647.7778 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.pratt.edu/exhibitions
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 11 AM-6 PM, Thursday until 8 PM.
Please note that the gallery will be closed December 24-January 1 and January 19.
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Dust, Dialogue and Uncertainty gives form to a decade of inquiry by the Netherlands-based research platform slowLab, combining diverse facets of its ongoing investigations into the potentials of Slow knowledge in design thinking and practice.
Organized around six core research topics – SLOW IDENTITY : SLOW AGENCY : SLOW GOVERNANCE : SLOW ECONOMY : SLOW ECOLOGY : SLOW PEDAGOGY – the exhibition presents a dynamic range of philosophical and creative positions that challenge the paths through which contemporary design fields operate, suggesting new values and more holistic and critical perspectives for addressing the complexity of an ever-accelerating world.
Participants are a compelling array of thinkers and practitioners (working within and beyond design fields) who have been selected not only for the specific relevance of their ideas and methodologies to the Slow research topics, but also for the breadth of knowledge that their combined discourses generate.
As the title suggests, the exhibition emphasizes both material and immaterial aspects of Slow knowledge, including unexpected variables of encounter and discovery through which new trajectories can be revealed. The videos, artifacts and installations on display are sources of inspiration for moving beyond the dominant systems and structures of today, deepening awareness, firing up the senses, and casting new configurations of resources and relationships to support more sustainable and resilient forms of living.
The physical layout is punctuated by formal and spatial mechanisms designed to induce experiences of ‘Slow reading’: meaningful moments of analysis and introspection in which viewer-participants are able to pause, reflect and engage more openly and intuitively, bringing fuller attention to the artifacts and information at hand as they establish their own unique rhythms of participation.
Collectively, these different layers of experience facilitate pluralistic understandings of Slow knowledge as an evolving ground of thinking-sensing-acting-relating from which to more fully experience the now and more consciously consider the future.