Rick Faulkner: Meander-thon Fun for Slow Art Day

Rick Faulkner is a first-time host for Slow Art Day 2012 at the Art Depot in Gargrave, United Kingdom. The artist/director and founder member of Chrysalis, Rick undertakes creative project development, management and consultation work for the company and is looking forward to expanding Chrysalis Arts’ slow art program by incorporating Slow Art Day.

Slow Art Day: Why are you hosting Slow Art Day?

Rick: While this is our first time hosting an event for Slow Art Day, we’ve been developing a programme of slow art activity since 2008.

Chrysalis Arts’ Slow Art programme is a creative development inspired by the Slow Food movement. It highlights current changes affecting sustainability, and the impact of climate change and peak oil, showing how the way we live affects our world. Slow Art works are of high quality and are created from low environmental impact materials, sustainable processes and simultaneously express and challenge perceptions about contemporary art making.

Slow Art Day: Have you selected your artwork for Slow Art Day yet?

Rick: Yes the work is Meander-thon. Dedicated and/or insomniac art lovers are needed to watch a 24-hour film of people walking, running and cycling through the Yorkshire Dales.
The day-long film is only an excerpt from Meander, a project by ADEPT (artists Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp) commissioned by Chrysalis Arts as part of their Slow Art programme. For the project, people walked, ran and cycled through the Yorkshire Dales while recording on headband-mounted video cameras. The recordings have been edited into a synchronised, split-screen film showing where they were looking and what engaged their interest at every moment.
The film will run from 7am on Saturday 28th to 7am on Sunday 29th April at Chrysalis Arts’ Art Depot in Gargrave (BD23 3SE).

Slow Art Day: What’s your favorite piece of art or one that’s had a great affect on you?

Rick: Faster than History by The Blue Noses Group.

Slow Art Day: What else should we know about your Slow Art Day plans?

Rick: Besides the film, visitors to the Meander-thon will be invited to help draw a giant Meander Map of the Imagination by adding their own imaginary building or feature of the landscape or even a whole town to the ever-growing map. Children and adults can take part in this 3D map-making activity which will be taking place throughout the afternoon. Participants can take their work away with them and we will photograph everyone’s 3D map square, creating the giant Meander Map of the Imagination.

Join Rick at the Meander-thon for Slow Art Day in Gargrave, U.K. for a moving experience.

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