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Vestoj #05: On Slowness, Vestoj Journal, 2015

(...) The speed of change is a growing complaint about fashion, both amongst those whose livelihoods depend on it, and amongst those who observe these ceaseless shifts from afar. Grumbles about a ubiqui­tous acceleration are nothing new however; in fact, the grievance we appear to harbour against velocity is as old as modernity itself. Back then the machines that increasingly replaced the human hand aroused fear and trepidation; today our attitudes reflect much the same ambivalence towards the revolutions of time. It seems we always regard our own time as simultaneously the most progressive and the most relentlessly accelerated. The modernist project, however, firmly rooted the relationship between progress and speed, and in so doing also forever altered our notion of time. A universal temporal framework, with time zones, seasonal changes and accurate clocks, was constructed with the help of new technology, and the previous more subjective understanding of time had to make way for expedience and the hustle of modern life. With a more synchronised understanding of time, the future also became easier to grasp and, by extension, to control. For a future that can be measured in terms of the knowable present, is a malle­able future, a future that can be shaped according to our will. (...)

With texts by: Dr Michelle Bastian, Laura Gardner, Dr Susan S. Bean, Dr Donald B. Kraybill, Nathalie Khan, Karinna Nobbs, Professor Barbara Vinken, Karlijn Slegers, Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada, Nilgin Yusuf, Professor Frances Corner, Dr John Barker, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg and Maria Fusco.

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