The Art of Slow Sociality

Movement, Aesthetics and Shared Understanding

in The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
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  • 1 University of Aberdeen
  • 2 Deveron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, UK
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This article presents reflections on the theme of sociality from a mass-participation art event in the town of Huntly in north-east Scotland in 2009. Drawing on Alfred Schütz's notion of the 'consociate' and related concepts, our efforts are directed towards understanding the nature of sociality that the event created for the people involved in it. We consider slowness as an actual experience through pacing and cadence, and also the tensions between experience and the requirement that art should have measureable impact.


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