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Slow Art Day


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  • Saturday, April 13, 2024

Did you realize that the average viewer spends only 21 seconds in front of a work of art? Let’s change that, together!

Come celebrate International Slow Art Day and connect more deeply to what you see in our galleries. Enjoy a slow-looking tour at noon or 2pm – it’s chilled-out fun for all ages!

Noon – Slow Looking Tour
2pm – Slow Looking Tour

Audio Tour:
Where I End & You Begin
An intimate, immersive audio venture for two people

Created by Alli Ross and John Bechtold
Music by Sam V. Perry
Choral music composed by Sasha Yakub
Co-Produced by Eggtooth Productions (Linda McInerney, Artistic Director) & Mass MoCA

Experience Mass MoCA through a new, magical lens with Where I End & You Begin, an immersive audiowalk for two people. Using headphones and a location-aware app for your phone, you and your companion travel the Museum’s many spaces on a 40-minute synchronized journey. Once you begin, your phone goes in your pocket for the remainder of the experience as the live world transforms around you. Created with support from the Mass Manufacturing Residency program at Mass MoCA.

Advance bookings for Where I End & You Begin recommended; register and learn more here.

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Please note:

  • This experience is only available on iOS (no Android)
  • Headphones/earbuds are required
  • Participants will be asked to download an app on their phone and will need to know their Apple ID login
  • Loaner equipment available on request

Creator Bios

John Bechtold is a theater-maker and educator from Montague, MA. As the Creative Director for Eggtooth Productions (Greenfield, MA), John focuses on immersive theater, novel audience experiences, and lighting design. Recent regional works include Deus Ex Machina (Shea Theater), Stagehand (Academy of Music), Gem of the Valley (Chester Theatre), Before You Became Improbable (Emily Dickinson Museum), and a full-building production of The Winter’s Tale (Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center). John was named the 2020 Children’s Theatre Foundation of America National Teacher of the Year for his work at Amherst Regional High School (MA) and DASAC, a progressive summer arts program at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA.

Alli Ross is an artivist, educator and mother residing in Somerville, MA. She is a founding member of Excavate, where dance, theater and place conversate. Favorite performance projects include Healing Wars (2012) in collaboration with Liz Lerman and Punchdrunk’s Immersive Production of Sleep No More, where she originated the role of Lady Macduff in both the 2009 U.S. premiere/American Repertory Theater and Emursive’s 2011 NYC production. Other museum residencies include Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park (2019) in collaboration with Saul Melman’s Best of All Possible Worlds. In Education, Ross is an Associate Professor of Theater at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee working at the intersection of body mapping, climate resilience and immersive theater.

Samuel V. Perry is a Western MA based ambient composer, guitarist and sound artist. When not dowsing for the sonic and emotional character of an environment, you can find Sam playing lead guitar in chamber pop quartet Cloudbelly.

International Slow Art Day is free with museum admission. For a deeper dive, check out Slow Art : The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell in our Research & Development Store.

Installation view of James Turrell, Once Around, Violet (Shallow Space), 1971
Collection of Tallulah Anderson
As installed in the exhibition James Turrell: Into the Light, at MASS MOCA
© James Turrell, Photo by Florian Holzherr