MINDFUL ART :
A new relationship with art, the world and our humanity!
“Forget our knowledge, relearn to see”Jean – Marie Wynants, Le Soir
Unfortunately a very large segment of the population rarely sets foot in a museum. Another segment goes there reluctantly and without pleasure. Moreover, the majority of those who visit museums “skim” over the artwork by staying only a few moments, at the most spending 10 to 15 seconds, in front of each painting or sculpture. This barely allows time to acquire knowledge required to be touched by the work of art. (i, ii)
Our museums contain a treasure chest which can give us access to invaluable human, emotional and aesthetic experiences, provided that we take the time, to stop and immerse ourselves in what we experience. Slowing down to make room for feelings is increasingly becoming a rising trend in social, as well as artistic life.
MINDFUL ART : Stop! Give yourself the opportunity to be absorbed, touched and moved by works of art.
How can we open up the museum space to the newcomers to the field while offering art lovers a space to refresh and renew their approach to works of art?
Our Mindful Art method is a part of the Slow Art approach which offers everyone a new perspective on art. It is a space where you can take the time to slow down in your life and also to allow yourself to be moved by the artworks in an intimate way: this allows you to establish a deep and personal connection with the works.
The method can provide concrete answers to two primary needs: on the one hand, to enjoy and ponder on works of art, and to slow down in your life on the other. It also sharpens the interest of art lovers and offers a gateway for the newcomers into the field to discover wonderful, passionate works of art.
WHAT DOES MINDFUL ART BESTOW UPON TO VISITORS OF ARTWORKS?
” Visual or musical works like literary works only exist and last through the interpretative activity of their successive audiences”Le temps donné au regard. Enquête sur la réception de la peinture , Jean-Claude Passeron et Emmanuel Pedler,
Our Slow Art approach combines Mindfulness, a full, open and non-judgmental presence, with the discovery of the art work. As such, it creates a concrete methodology to slow down, to come back to oneself, to focus, to open up in a better way and thus to offer oneself the opportunity to be present at work as well as in one’s own being.
Such an experience makes us stop, and offers the possibility of being absorbed, being touched and moved by works. It makes us rediscover a certain innocence, a sense of wonder.
In this regard, our experience shows that our Mindful Art concept allows us to gain a certain candor, which allows us to look at the works with ease, with a fresh look.
This deeply humanist approach is above all an invitation to see from the heart. Mindful Art allows us to touch our common humanity; it thus goes forth through centuries, knowledge and fashions, beyond our cultural affiliations, and our differences.
MINDFUL ART to let yourself be touched, moved, by the works: live an intense experience
When designing and implementing our approach, we put particular emphasis on
- The creation of a personal link between each person and the work
- The output of appearance and knowledge (Knowledge) to go towards being and feeling (consciousness)
Thus the quality of each person’s presence will inspire serenity, openness and finesse, and will offer participants the experience of being fully present and seeing “what we do not see well”.
In other words, Mindful Art allows us to be an actor in what we observe, and to come back to our senses, to be rather than to do, to feel the humanity that emerges from these works and places, whose themes touch upon universality and humanity.
« It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. »A. de Saint-Exupéry
Cultural and Educational Contribution
Offer everyone the possibility of living intensely in connection with works beyond our cultural backgrounds
In an environment that is going faster and faster, many people no longer know how to stop. It is the same in museums where a few having the time to be absorbed, touched and moved by a work.
During our Mindful Art visits, each work can be an invitation for a contemplative break.
Our Slow Art approach and our know-how strategies, will help the participants to stop, live a moment here and now and to establish a personal and intimate link with the work beyond centuries, knowledge and fashions, beyond our acquired knowledge, our social and cultural affiliations, our differences.
Thus it is not necessary to “know” to meditate or have an affinity for a type of art or any particular artistic era.
« There are 2 kinds of intelligence” one acquired type, like when a schoolboy memorizes facts, and concepts drawn from books (…)
Another kind of intelligence, is already complete and sheltered in you (..) This other intelligence is fluid and does not come from outside; it is in you. »Rumi poète mystique 13ème
Mindful Art Session
The next MindfulArt sessions will be organized at the SerenityBar at 145 rue Général Leman -1040 Etterbeek
A certified mindfulness instructor and supervisor, Marjan Abadie, created the Mindfulness Institute in Brussels, a pioneer in the application of the Mindfulness approach in business. A longtime meditator, she teaches the benefits of this practice to allow everyone to integrate it into their daily lives, at home and work.
Passionate about art and being fond of Sufi poetry, she offers a meditative approach to each work in both personal and universal with the qualities of presence, serenity, openness and finesse to observe what we “only see well through the heart “.