This video comes from a series of performances in the streets of Manhattan between 2005 and 2011 and is one of the video of my ongoing 'Slowly Project'
The performance consists in moving in ‘slow motion’ on daily life, walking so slowly to become a shocking figure for people in the city.
The project is a work above society and our lives but also a work about time: to take our time, in life and in art, beyond formal, stereotyped, and social ways. Slowness becomes a metaphor of a contrast between personal time and social time, between interiority and exteriority.
I use only original shootings taken during my performances. No studio shootings or actor interactions are used into my videos. What is shown is part of what ‘really’ happened and it’s chance one of the main hero of the work.
I consider my videos as portraits of a specific society, city, country, because everything that happens reflects the identity of the place.
The Slowly Project is composed by the same performance in different cities and contexts.
Seeing the differences of the videos it’s a way to investigate the differences of the places.
I’d like that people reflect upon how difficult is to perform perfectly in ‘slow motion’, controlling each muscle movements not to go faster for hours and hours in the day.
I consider ‘taking our time’ in life and society as difficult as this performance but, nevertheless, necessary.
Performance: Manhattan, 2005-2011
Camera: Mario Duchesneau, Mitchell Riggs, Vadim Lun You, Mati Oppizzi, Reiko Nakamura
Soundtrack: performance live recordings, Derek Brown, Chris Morgan, Max Kagan
Project, Performance, Editing, Direction: Liuba
THE SLOWLY PROJECT HISTORY:
Dec. 2003 - Take your Time, performance in Milan - City Center
Jan 2004 - Take your Time, performance in Bologna – City Center
June 2006 - Art is Long, Time is short, performance at Art Basel, Basel
May 2006 - Take your Time, performance in New York – City Center, promoted by WeissPollack Galleries
May 2007 - Take your Time, performance in Modena – City Center, promoted and produced by Italian Ministry of the Environment
Feb 2011 – Take your Time, performance in New York – City Center, for the 5th Global Day of Slow Living.
Up Coming Performances:
Jun, 2012 – L’Aquila (I), City center after the 2009 Earthquake
2008 The Slowly Project: Take your time – Modena, Italy, colours, 11’01”
2004 -2009 The Slowly Project: Art is long, Time is short, Switzerland-Italy, colours, 14’45”
2005 – 2011 The Slowly Project: Take your time – New York, Usa, colours, 19’36”
Video-work in progress:
The Slowly Project: Take your time – Milan