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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published April 12th 2013
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Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last", sang Simon and Garfunkel way back in 1966.

Well Dynamic Duo, life has got a lot busier since the 1960s. We are beholden to technology and its zapper-prodding pace; we are incessantly channel surfing, information gathering, texting, emailing, tweeting, ....

Which is partly why the Slow Movement has become so popular as an anecdote for our fast paced social-media provoked ills.

You may perhaps have heard of the Slow Food Movement which includes sustainable farming, local production and joyous and careful food preparation; Slow Parenting (free range kids who aren't over timetabled and develop at their own pace), Slow Sex (Tantric Sex) and so on. In all its many manifestations the Slow Movement is a cultural shift that advocates we slow down because we move to fast.

Now there is a day Slow Art held world-wide on April 27th with galleries from Portland (Oregon) all the way to Perth. It is day that encourages everyone to slow down, because you move to fast and look at art, slowly and assuredly.

It was found that the average person in a gallery looks at a painting for an average of 17 seconds and then whizzes off to the next one. The Louvre even discovered visitors looked at, the Mona Lisa, the world's most famous painting, for an average of 15 seconds a piece.

The Slow Art Day goes like this. Museums and galleries organise a slow tour. People usually look at four or five art works for ten minutes a piece and begin to see ideas and connections they have never realised before.

Then the group meets up, usually in a cafe, and talks about their experience. That's it. And it's fun.

You will see details you never noted before. After all an artist took hours, days, weeks even years to complete an art work. Why not give it the appreciation it deserves.

There are 13 venues in Australia offering what is now a globally held experience and one of these is in Perth, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

You can take a slow tour of the exhibition, Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, with one of their voluntary gallery guides.

The exhibition capture the gritty realism and grandeur of one of the world's greatest urban centres. More than 150 works are on display, presenting a fascinating history of a city and a timeline of great photographers, from early 20th century pioneers such as Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz through to Berenice Abbott, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and more recent names such as Cindy Sherman and Nan Goldin. On Slow Art Day however you only have to concentrate on four of these works.

Art viewing: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM then you retire to the gallery's Manhattan Lounge for light-hearted conversation on what you have seen.

Manhattan Lounge

The tour goes for 45 minutes followed by this 20 minute discussion.Visitors can then re-enter the exhibition if they wish for the quick whip around that one normally does in galleries.

There are also other Slow Art tours in Australia and overseas
click here.

Image Slow Art website

Here is a short film of the discussion following a Slow Art Day in New York.

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Why? Because you really need to slow down
When: April 27th
Phone: Information Line 61 8 9492 6622 24 hours a day
Where: Art Gallery of WA, meet outside the exhibition entrance (upper floor of Gallery)
Cost: General Admission Adult $19.00 Junior (Years 1-12: ID may be req.) $7.00 Family of 5 (min of 3 Junior Admits) $50.00 Concession Exhibition Admit ID Req $16.00 Grab a Group 4 Adults $68.00 MOMA Special: Adult @ Concession Price $16.00
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