Slow Media

Thursday 26th March 2015, Bath Spa University

In 2010, the Slow Media Institute circulated a manifesto highlighting how the concept of ‘slow’ could be employed in responding to the pace of technological change in the 21st century. Making the link to other slow movements, the Slow Media manifesto emphasized the ‘choice of ingredients’ and ‘concentration in the preparation’. As Jennifer Rauch (2011) writes, attention to ‘Slow Media’ suggests that ‘we are observing a moment of transformation in the way that many people around the world think about and engage with mediated communication’.

This broad ‘slow media’ approach has been taken up in relation to a range of media sectors. ‘Slow journalism’ seeks to respond to some of the contemporary newsgathering and journalism practices with a concern for investing in journalism, questioning 24/7 news cycles and immediacy as the most important factors, and exploring stories over a longer period. The focus on completeness and full coverage is also a central element of the ‘Slow TV’ approach. The sustained coverage of cruise ships and knitting that the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has offered since 2009 indicates the popular appetite for ‘Slow TV’ and in September 2014 The New Yorker declared ‘Slow TV is Here’. Further perspectives come with ‘Slow Film’ and the approach taken by filmmakers such as those at Echo Park Film Center who use analogue technologies, hands-on techniques and collaborative processes as a catalyst for a community-based cinema wherein filmmakers invent, own and control the means of production, exhibition and distribution.

This one-day symposium is hosted by the Media Futures Research Centre at Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court campus. Papers and practice-based submissions on any aspect of slow media are invited. Please send proposals of 250 words to Dr Dan Ashton ( by Friday 16th January 2015. Please also include a brief (50 word) bio.

The following speakers will be presenting:

  • Carl Honoré (author of In Praise of Slow) -  'The Slow Revolution'.
  • Sabria David and Dr Benedikt Koehler (authors of the Slow Media Manifesto and co-founders of the Slow Media Institute in Bonn, Germany) - '50 Shades of Slow: From the Slow Media Manifesto to Applied Media Research on Slow Types'.
  • Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo (Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles) - 'The Sound We See: Growing A Global Slow Film Movement’.
  • Tony Yanick (University of Glasgow) - 'Rhythmic Speed Machine: the cyborg Kino-Eye reorienting the forces of acceleration'
  • Tim Prevett (University of Salford) - “That Damned Cow - Just What is Norwegian Slow TV?” (Documentary).
  • Professor Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa University) - '"Inanimate Alice":  a Slow Media Digital Novel for Young People'.
  • Dr JR Carpenter  (Independent artist, writer, and researcher)- 'A Hand-Made Web.'
  • Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse (Bath Spa University) - '‘Queering Ambient Performance: Prototyping the Digital Tableau Vivant’.
  • Professor Justin Lewis (Cardiff University) - 'How did we get here? The obsession with speed over substance’.
  • Dr Susan L. Greenberg (University of Roehampton) - 'Editing, Fast and Slow'.
  • Roisin Boyd (Dublin Institute of Technology) - ‘Institutionally Embedded Radio Journalistic Practice: The Representation of Asylum Seeker Direct Provision Centres in Ireland’.
  • Professor Joseph Hyde (Bath Spa University) - the ‘Breathing Stone’ project.

A programme of the day:    Slow Media Programme.pdf

Following the Symposium, Echo Park Film Center will be holding an evening screening and Q&A at Pound Arts - 'The Sound We See: How Slow Film Can Change Your Life'. All Symposium delegates are invited to attend (ticket price include in registration). This event is part of the Media Futures Research Centre ‘Analog Futures’ programme of activities.

Registration is available here until it closes on Thursday 12th March 2015.
There are the following registration fees (including entry to Pound Arts):

Waged: £26 
Unwaged; Postgraduate Students: £22

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Ashton (

The symposium will be hosted at Corsham Court. Corsham is market town situated between Bath and Chippenham (with Chippenham train station nearest). Further details on accommodation (in Corsham) and location (inc. travel and parking) can be downloaded here: 


Directions and Location

Parking - Corsham