The brainchild of Australian designer and researcher Frank Feltham, The Aesthetics of Slow is an interactive environment that encourages visitors to slow down and become aware of the space and time around them.
In response to advances in technology that have created increases in speed, accuracy and efficiency, Feldham developed a project based on “non time-efficient activity mediated by interactive technology”.
Says Feltham, “The advent of new technologies has changed the way we perceive and experience our environments.”
“Time is now measured by the rate of change in the technological interface, and new technologies are constantly being developed in order to meet expectations of continued time-efficiency.”
“Based on my own experience and research, there has conversely been a diminishment of time and quality of life, in part due to the rate of information exchange.”
In The Aesthetics of Slow the DAB LAB research gallery will be transformed into an intelligent environment that will traces a visitor’s presence and movement through the modulation of sound and video; an aesthetic experience attempting to influence the time visitors take to engage with the technological environment.
Frank Feltham is currently a PhD candidate at the Interactivation Lab in the UTS Design School. Feltham is also a lecturer in Industrial Design at RMIT University.
The Aesthetics of Slow by Frank Feltham is on show from Wednesday 31 August - Friday 30 September 2011 at DAB LAB Research Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney, Building 6, Level 4 Courtyard, 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo. Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm.