Are you ready for emotional experimentation? When you enter a museum you usually walk around with the nose up, enjoying with curiosity the atmosphere of the place and watching most of the well known highlights. What would happen if you had to stop in front of an artwork for 120 seconds in silence, hear yourself, feel your reactions and keep on observing for other 5 minutes?
WHAT IS SLOW ART DAY?
Slow Art Day is an international event that encourages people to slow down and really enter into the world of art, with calm. More than 160 venues worldwide have joined the movement this year to invite people to explore art with a totally different perspective. In a world that moves fast, technology evolves quickly, relations change here you have the chance to stop time. Viewers become a key point invited to look at only a few artworks, very slowly. It is not a matter of pure “learning”, SLOW ART DAY is motion and emotion, feeling and perception. Maybe not every piece will enthusiasm you, and exactly for this you may hear yourself and ask yourself why, what hits you most, is there any detail you like or which disturbs you. If you examine an artwork closely, with a few set of questions to consider, you will soon learn more about the work just from the visual information that it provides. It does not matter if you know the painter, the history behind the artwork: the viewer becomes involved simply by standing, offering open eyes,heart and mindfulness. Later on, sharing what you have experienced with other people is a curious and interesting exercise.
TAKE A LOOK AT LOCAL ART!
WHERE IS IT HELD IN FLORENCE?
Slow Art Day 2014 in Florence this year will be hosted at the Uffizi Gallery, at Palazzo Strozzi and the Church of Santa Croce. If you are looking for more information about the Tuscan, Italian and international venues pls refer to: http://www.slowartday.com/2014-venues/
How does the SLOW ART VIEWING WORK?
Each participant will visit the Uffizi gallery on own. (Your host will help you with the Uffizi Gallery advanced reservation). The suggested time frame for the slow art viewing is between 11:00 am and 12:50. You can follow the map we will provide with the selected artworks to easily find them along the first floor. We invite you to look around and mostly to stop for about 7-10 minutes at each artwork. Whenever you feel like getting out the Museum your host will be waiting for you downstairs by the exit of the Uffizi Gallery. We will then move to the place to converse over lunch.
2 MAIN PHASES
Slow Art Day consists of two moments: 1) the individual observation of the works of art inside the Gallery 2) the group sharing of the experience 1) Around 11 am on Saturday April 12, 2014, the observation phase of Slow Art Day will begin with visitors looking at several works of art, slowly, for 7-10 minutes each. Visitors will be given a brief booklet to identify the selected artworks and their exact location within the museum. 2) The second phase: 12:50 – 13:00 meeting point for all participants at the exit of the museum 13:15 – 15:00 open conversation will be held at a welcoming library cafè/B&B close to the Uffizi Gallery (exact location will be communicated by April 9th according to the number of participants). Participants are invited to converse over lunch in a very welcoming space. Expenses for light lunch due directly on the spot).
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone can participate, Florentines, Italians and foreign visitors are welcome! Discussion will be held in Italian/English helped by local multilanguage volunteers.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
Registration is free of charge, observation is free of charge. Event is free, but with a ticket to enter the Uffizi Gallery. Your Host will give you the advanced reservation number to collect your ticket at the entrance (entrance fees to be paid upon arrival, no extra fee is requested by the host). We kindly ask you to cancel your space if you find that you cannot attend, in order to accomodate other people. Remember that signing up on EventBrite is a commitment to attend.
WHO ARRANGES THE SLOW ART DAY?
Run by volunteer hosts around the world, Slow Art is a global grassroots movement aimed at helping people see art in a new way.
SUGGESTED TIME OF ENTRANCE TO THE UFFIZI GALLERY
For Slow Art Viewing we suggest to enter at about 10:30 am. The halls of the Museum are really long and to get to the First Floor it may take about half an hour if you consider gathering the ticket, getting upstairs first and then reach the selected wing of the museum (your host will provide the exact map for any direction). If you wish to visit other masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery you are welcome to enter earlier to enjoy with calm the second floor of the Uffizi which exhibits the most famous Renaissance paintings by Botticelli, Leonardo & Michelangelo. The Uffizi Gallery opens at 8:00 am. Slow Art Viewing starts around 11:00am at the First Floor, which is surely less crowded than the Second one.
FEES FOR THE SLOW ART DAY EVENT at UFFIZI GALLERY:
Uffizi Gallery entrance fee to be paid locally. Light Lunch or coffee/tea/fruit juice to be paid at the venue for the conversation (between 7 and 10 euros per person). Fees are paid directly to the provider. Neither local hosts nor Eventbrite collect any money from this event.
By signing up on this site you commit to attend and to pay for your ticket and light lunch expenses.
ARE YOU ATTENDING ANOTHER SLOW ART EVENT? LET'S EXCHANGE PICS!
If on April 12th you are in Australia, US, any angle of Europe, Palazzo Strozzi, Rome or anywhere else where SLOW ART DAY will be arranged, let’s exchange pics and keep in touch! You are welcome to post pictures and impressions on the FB page of SLOW ART DAY – GALLERIA UFFIZI
THE IDEA OF SLOW ART DAY AT THE UFFIZI GALLERY: A BIG CHALLENGE
The idea of SlowArt, was begun by Phil Terry and Reading Odyssey in 2009 in New York. The principle is really simple: a free invitation to spend a bit longer looking at single works of art. The idea landed in Florence in 2010 thanks to Alexandra Korey (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/florence-slow-art-day-sat-april-17-2010-tickets-586495223) who decided to host the first event at the Church of Santa Croce. I really have to thank her because she opened me a totally new perspective! By the way, anyone can be a host, if you love any angle of your town, coraggio! You can promote it and share with others! If you wish to participate as a host feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alexandra Korey, Florence based art historian and arts marketing consultant. (http://www.arttrav.com/it/slow-art-day-2014-italy).
IMPORTANT: PLS KINDLY RECONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION ON APRIL 4TH TO COUNT THE EXACT, REAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS TO DOUBLE CHECK THE ADVANCED RESERVATION BOOKINGS AT GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI AND THE LIGHT LUNCH RESERVATION. PLEASE KINDLY EMAIL YOUR CONFIRMATION TO: email@example.com