Slowing Down

  • Annelies Van AsscheEmail author


I argue that the plural character of artistic precarity in the accelerated work regime oftentimes results in a twofold deceleration of burning out and slowing down. I address several tactics of deceleration in response to overburdening or to avoid burning out assisted by Michael Helland’s performance RECESS: Dance of Light (2016). I unveil the double paradox of slowing down as a tactic of resistance against the forces of neoliberalism: ultimately, slowing down does not turn out to be subversive, because firstly it proves to be rather an accelerating form of deceleration so as to increase our productivity, and secondly, slowing down has become commodified itself


Artistic precarity Accelerated work regime Deceleration Burning out Overburdening Michael Helland’s Slowing down Resistance Neoliberalism Productivity Commodified 


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  1. 1.GentBelgium

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