Valencia Art
Book Fair
Sept. 2021
Slow Spatial Reader: Chronicles of radical Affection
Países Bajos

Since March 2020, our lives have slowed down considerably or have even come to a standstill. The world has become slower and quieter; the Covid-19 pandemic has shifted both our rhythms and priorities. It had been clear for a while that hyper productivity does not improve our quality of life, but instead exhausts both ourselves and the planet. Slow Spatial Reader aligns with these developments and offers alternative scenario’s, other ways of looking at these rhythms and qualities, from a spatial perspective: via art, architecture, performance, choreography, somatic and transdisciplinary attitudes. The subtitle ‘radical affection’ indicates the search for different connections, attention and care for both humans and their environment in which tactility, intuition and in-depth knowledge are in touch with ratio.
Slow Spatial Reader offers a collection of essays about ‘Slow’ approaches to spatial practice and pedagogy (from twenty-four countries; five continents). Each one brings distinct philosophical and disciplinary approaches —from ‘spatial’ creative fields, but also research and activism—, exploring how we think about and engage with space at a range of scales, tempos and durations. Just like its predecessor, Slow Reader: A Resource for Design Thinking and Practice (Valiz, 2016), this publication is meant to start up a constructive dialogue between creative disciplines, with a plea for slower and more concentrated thinking and acting; thus stimulating essential changes and turns in our thinking, consciousness, labour and (co) existing.


Editors: Carolyn F. Strauss | Contributors: Lara Almarcegui, Marijke Annema, Martina Buzzi, Nicolas Buzzi, Sol Camacho, Cave_bureau (Kabage Karanja and Stella Mutegi), Renske Maria van Dam, Chiara Dorbolò, Cocky Eek, Anna Maria Fink, David Habets, Ian Hanesworth, Maria Hassabi, Beate Hølmebakk, Saba Innab, Kū Kahakalau, Bronwyn Lace, Daniel Lie, Pia Lindman, Ruth Little, Megumi Matsubara, Ash McAskill, Kate Morales, Salima Naji, Ligia Nobre, Alessandra Pomarico, Maria Popova, Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) Jane Rendell, Angela Sakrison, Carolyn F. Strauss, Cristine Takuá, Li Tavor, Alice Van der Wielen-Honinckx, Françoise Vergès, Sara Wookey Partner: Slow Research Lab, | Design: Zuzana Kostelanská,


paperback | 304 pp. | October 2020 / reprint March 2021 |
22 x 15 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-94-92095-75-6 | € 19,90



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