Is deceleration art? Is Slow Living culture?
Of course we are inclined to reply with “yes” to both questions immediately. Slow Living Blog will deliver the detailed answer, the “know how”, over time. And in this section of our blog we deal with this question of how art and culture can be practiced and enjoyed according to the ideas of Slow Living.
In addition to providing people with basic necessities such as food and shelter to a decent life includes music, art, culture and a healthy community life; things that have a value for their own sake without the view of yield and without a “must”.
It makes sense, to give this area of life enough space and time initially, that the individual less edifying “time wasters” are done as efficiently as possible. That may be shopping for basic needs, the cleaning of the household, or washing the laundry, for some it might also be garden care, which will take up room elsewhere in our blog as a source of edification and relaxation.
Those who learn to get over and done efficiently and quickly with activities that prove to be the anything else but relaxing , to speed them up rather than slow down, those gain time for the experience or creation of art and culture.
Our articles and tips will be about the contrast between speed and slowness (up to a stillstand, which has been of particular fascination to artists), and about the concept of time in visual arts, music, film.
When art and culture are closely connected with communication (or build a form of communication) we want to take into consideration of how to slow down this form of communication in order to increase the pleasure they give us. A definition of culture might incidentally be “civilization extended to moral components”. Civilization would therefore be a refrigerator, culture its contents. If the moral components may be brought into alignment with the objectives of Slow Living , then – you can guess it – Slow Living is culture itself.
But be warned, the word “culture” derives from the Latin “cultura” (care, cultivation), and it will not be possible without your efforts; enjoyment and quality of life need to be earned.