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Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning, Outside Again, 2017. HD video, 20mins. Production still, New York. © Hugo Glendinning, courtesy of the artists

Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning, Outside Again, 2017. HD video, 20mins. Production still, New York. © Hugo Glendinning

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Doing Deceleration


04 Jul 2017

The imperative to ‘do deceleration’ is less a call to ‘slow down’, to withdraw or retreat from the process of production as such. Instead, the invitation is to explore ways in which we might disrupt or dislodge the pressure of acceleration: the ubiquitous demands to do more and more – faster and faster – that arguably underpin our contemporary culture of immediacy and urgency, of 24-hour access and availability, with its privileging of multitasking, perpetual readiness and ethos of ‘just-in-time’ production. In one sense, the requirement to do more and more can result in a reality of less and less, the cultivation of superficial engagement overriding the possibility of deep, sustained immersion, diminishing the potential of attention and concentration.

How does the art school or even the artists’ studio respond to or alternatively refuse these cultural tendencies? How might the space-time of the studio or residency provide an alternative model for practice, perhaps even offer the conditions of resistance? Less the reactive manifestation of chrono-phobic anxiety, how might doing deceleration reveal rest and reflection as active components of artistic production, the practice of doing-nothing as complementary rather than oppositional to action? Here, radical deceleration does not involve the retreat towards the promise of a singular (slower) temporality, but rather has the capacity to reveal and bring into relation a plurality of micro-temporal co-incidings.

Speakers include: Henk Slager, Emma Cocker, Mick Wilson, Adrian Heathfield, Finn Janning and Danica Maier.

For full speker biographies and presentations please see pdf. below.



Free. The Space

3-6pm The symposium will continue at Nottingham Trent University.


Doing Deceleration is a partnership between NTU Summer Lodge, programmed in conjunction with Exhausted Academies, an exhibition project curated by Visiting Professor Henk Slager (Nottingham Contemporary, 30 June – 5 July 2017). 


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