kristine woods
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Un-Express; or, Delivering Slowness as Political Ploy (in collaboration with Christopher Whittey). Envelopes and audio. Installation view, 2007-08.



Un-Express, or, Delivering Slowness as Political Ploy was an epistolary conversation wherein two artists attempted to analyze the ramifications and efficacy of the concept slowness as a strategy for resistance. Starting with four models in which slowness is a feature—Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, the myth of Penelope, John Locke’s Labor Theory of Value and Chantal Ackerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles—we engaged in a hand written dialogue using the US Postal Service as our courier. Dozens of letters were exchanged over an approximately 10 month period.




The letters were read aloud by the authors in Gestures of Resistance: Craft, Performance, and the Politics of Slowness, a session at the College Art Association in 2008. An audio recording of the letters was used as a component of a gallery installation at Gray Matter Gallery in Dallas,Texas the same year.