SEEN is a collaborative project where willing participants are invited to slow down and look. Books are borrowed from local libraries for people to look at a preselected image for a minimum of 10 minutes, and then write about what they see in the image.
In a world where we are inundated with visuals, SEEN encourages people to take time to discover beyond the first glance. Often, ten minutes can appear like a long time to look at a single image; however, it is just a blimp in our timeline. Looking intently at images, artwork, nature, and our surroundings is a luxury we usually don’t often allow ourselves time to do.
This project first debuted at Greensboro College with books borrowed from their campus library. Students in art and creative writing classes contributed their response to this participatory project. SEEN was part of a larger exhibition, Seen, Heard, and Remembered, at the Anne Rudd Galyon Gallery on Greensboro College campus. The exhibition also featured work Ten Minutes to Make, Ten Minutes to Bake and from Saved, my collaborative project with Lorene Delany-Ullman.
As a part of Slow Art Day, on April 11, 2015, SEEN was conducted on the front stage at Elsewhere in Greensboro. The books from Greensboro College were utilized alongside a few books from Elsewhere's personal collection.