Despacio. We are increasingly aware that the acceleration of our lives is exacting a toll on us -- as individuals, as a society, and as a living planet. Exponential technologies of communication, production and consumption have caught us in a whirlwind of exchange without pause or place. We now fear that we are becoming servants of technologies designed to serve us – that we are communicating without connection, producing without reason, consuming without satiation...
Recent years have witnessed a florescence of movements that push back against this seemingly ineluctable acceleration: Slow Living, Downshifting, Digital Detox, Buy Local…
De:Spacio is a contribution to these movements of critical resistance, with an emphasis on the intersections of the temporal with the spatial. For to be successful, these movements must help us to foster a new sense of our lives in both time and space. In a word, this new sense could be called: ‘presence’.
De:Spacio is at one level a temporality - it is about slowing down, about being 'present' in the moment. But at another level, De:Spacio is also about realizing the potential of our locality, about nurturing connectedness to our 'presence' in space. To hold onto ourselves and each other in this rapidly changing world, we must learn how to remain present - both here and now. Without it, we will lose ourselves, and the world we hold dear.
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