MArch Unit 18 :: FAST-SLOW WORLD :: Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier

In a technologically advanced future society, fully serviced by automated systems, humans can once again indulge in the slower things in life. We will indulge in elaborate feasts, endless gardening, playing and perpetual slumbers… or will we?

While the Slow Movement is fighting a revolution against the notion of fast life, the fast of today is considered a slow tomorrow for most of the rest. Ever-faster and ever more efficient is the ethos of this meteoric society, and with this steely determination we are moving towards an increasingly automated universal landscape, flooding the world with inter-connected grids and systems like a pandemic technological virus.

Will we succumb or rise to the code of automation. Will we play amongst the ruins of Amazon’s fulmillment centres or will we play on top of their infinite roofs?

It is perhaps inevitable that the faster we go, the more people will want to slow down. And it is thinkable that the ultimate fast world created by today’s megacorporations will eventually have automated every last task traditionally performed by human hand. The social, economical and polical landscape will shift, jobs will disappear, work hours reduce and time for pleasure will soar… the here and now will perhaps once more become the central focus of human collective conciousness. Tomorrow will become a distant memory, and we may even forget that working beneath us, like a roman archaelogical layer, is a technological beast, tending to us like an army of butlers and maids.