Over at our crowd-sourced Tumblr project we are running a new experiment related to Slow Art Day, asking our fast-moving Internet audience to slow down and spend 10 uninterrupted minutes looking at something, anything, and write about it. The submissions over there are a lot of fun, and we’ll share some of them here, too. We’d love to see what you might do. Submit!
“For #sfmomaslow I examined this slinky on my desk. A lot of the time I was thinking about how its appearance changed when viewed from different places. I imagined what it could possibly represent, being the hollow versatile object that it was. I also noted the illusions it seems to create. The front part of the spiral seemed to disappear when I was focused on the back parts.
“I also spent a lot of it thinking about time and anxiety. I kept wanting to look at my timer to see how much longer I would have to look, but I restrained myself. The 10 minutes felt more like 20. I suppose that was because I’m so used to looking at things for just a moment then moving on. With this, I realized how much more value an object as simple as a slinky could hold when inspected further. I also learned that I seem to get very anxious and uptight when I feel that I’m not being ‘productive’ or occupying myself with a more physical task.”
Me: Wow! I’m in love with steps from villa sebollini
Friend: Frankly, i didn’t understand much of this work …somehow the soul evades me…
“The slack, haphazard way they lie sprawled does something painterly: it articulates the ground plane of a carpeted office. I started to notice the tiny infrastructures of my cubicle: the lettered outlets and Ethernet docks, the color-coded casings, tucked away beyond view. They’re designed to be overlooked, but once I notice them, they assert themselves: Kelly green and dirty white, lounging in the periphery.”
Inspired to submit? Artworks count! Everyday objects count! If you want a place to start, here are some extraordinary versions of ordinary objects, from SFMOMA’s collection: