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| 3. INGENUITY | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

There are 3 days left in 2018 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

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From December 10 at The Museum of Modern Art

Join renowned design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli, senior curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, for a lively discussion charting the most dynamic developments in contemporary design.

This program coincides with the publication of Design as an Attitude, in which Rawsthorn questions how a new generation is liberating design from its strictly commercial role and redefining it as a discipline that values resourcefulness, instinct, and ingenuity. At a time of intense global uncertainty, Design as an Attitude explores how designers pursue their social, political, and environmental objectives in critical new ways, allowing for different new aspects of contemporary practice to flourish. The conversation will address design’s ability to help us benefit from the opportunities created by change and instability, and its impact on our lives now and in the future.

 

| 4. CARE, CURIOSITY and other core values | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

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1. UTILITY
The beautiful is as useful as the useful. Perhaps more so. – Victor Hugo
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a design studio and our mission is committed to making something
useful. Utility is always our base when we begin a collection. Anything wearable needs to work on the body and adapt to the movement of the world.

2. INTEGRITY
True design integrity is undeniable in its presence and purpose. It is what makes our foundation. Design
has the power to be timely and timeless, unique and universal, ageless and cross-cultural. As a living
archive and now best represented as a thesaurus of wearable design, Slow and Steady Wins the Race will
continue to focus on the fundamentals of clothing and accessory design while making a commentary on
the cultural anthropology of fashion, dress and function. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

3. SIMPLICITY
Simplicity is the most challenging design value of all. It must connect the dots seamlessly, effortlessly,
and harmoniously at the same time. However, if and when successful, the results are nothing short of
superior.

4. RELIABILITY
Trustability or trustworthiness, synonyms of reliability, and values we imbue when creating in the studio.
From the pragmatism of durability to the reassurance of consistency, we and what we make are all here
for you.

5. MATERIALITY
Materiality is a core value. It is important to differentiate it from materialism. In the studio we approach
everything as antithetical to design obsolescence and the bones of that process begin with the materials.
Materials, however simple or advanced, are chosen for the long path. They need to feel good and last. The
sensibility of the material itself holds vast possibilities too. The entire soul of the design can be
completely transformed just by the switch of the fabrication.

6. CARE
Care is part of our everyday methodology: a practice that is inherent, automatic, and genuine in every step
from idea to the finished item and the way it will live in the world.

7. CONCEPT
While investigating the classics of the everyday wardrobe, we address it with a conceptual clarity. What is
a status bag? How is ‘clear’ a visual characteristic? Practical in application but anonymous in its presence.

8. CURIOSITY
“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.” – Massimo Vignelli. By staying curious, we are
constantly energized. Even if the question is harder than the answer, and the answer is elusive, we keep
on the path of curiosity.

9. QUALITY
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle

10. LONGEVITY
More than sustainability, we in the studio believe tremendously in longevity. Longevity means durability,
long-lasting consistency and is inclusive of the previous values. Now more than ever we must uphold
memory as a responsibility and ensure the longevity of our practices and the impact of their outcomes.

| 6. Be Here Now by Ram Dass | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

There are 6 days remaining in 2018 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

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“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
― Ram Dass

First Edition of Be Here Now by Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert) at Abe Books.

| 7. Poignée Handle by Liz Magic Laser| Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

There are 7 days left in 2018 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

PoigneeHandle-01Poignée by Liz Magic Laser performed at Centre Pompidou June 2018 with costumes by Slow and Steady Wins the Race

HANDLE/POIGNÉE
2018, performance et installation vidéo, 15′
Courtesy l’artiste, de Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
et Various Small Fires, Los Angeles
Performance : Forum, 14h-19 h
Vidéo, : Forum -1, 11h-21 h
«Nous avons vu émerger l’an dernier la montée de la figure du politicien outsider et un renversement de rôles dans le type de personnalité de nos nouveaux leaders.
Alors que le politicien a traditionnellement joué le rôle d’un parent mature, il prend désormais le rôle de l’enfant.»

Liz Magic Laser
Au Forum et au Forum -1, Liz Magic Laser
présente Handle/Poignée consistant en
une performance, un film et des ateliers qui
proposent une cosmologie politique pour appréhender et réhabiliter les relations entre libéraux et conservateurs. Cette performance interactive se pense comme un centre d’analyse et de traitement de la personnalité
où le public peut apprendre le mouvement
thérapeutique développé pour sa typologie :
le parent disciplinaire, le parent nourricier,
l’enfant obéissant et l’enfant rebelle.
Cette typologie développée par l’artiste est
inspirée des archétypes de l’ouvrage Moral Politics : Comment les libéraux
et les conservateurs pensent (1996) du linguiste George Lakoff dans lequel il utilise un modèle familial pour analyser les dynamiques entre politiciens et citoyens. En entrant dans le Forum du Centre Pompidou, certains visiteurs sont évalués sur la base de leur poignée de main et sur d’autres indices non verbaux. Les performeurs agissent comme des thérapeutes somatiques en proposant des formes de mouvement comme véhicules pour l’accomplissement personnel et l’amélioration. Une fois les diagnostiques posés, les visiteurs sont guidés vers un décor souple réalisé à partir d’un diagramme de Venn représentant trois domaines d’expérience : le foyer, le travail et la politique, ainsi que la relation de chaque personnalité à ces sphères. L’ensemble inclut des éléments talismaniques destinés aux exercices d’activité thérapeutique de

Liz Magic Laser : des accessoires en mousse qui rappellent un lit, une chaise et un podium.
Les interprètes utilisent ces objets pour présenter des séquences de mouvements
thérapeutiques développés pour valoriser chaque type de personnalité.

Une vidéo d’instruction présentée au Forum -1 fournit aux visiteurs un espace de pratique.
Ils y sont guidés au travers de quatre séquences d’exercices accompagnées de commentaires faisant références aux tests de personnalité utilisés par les entreprises pour maximiser l’efficacité de la communication entre salariés. Cette vidéo explore les bénéfices et les risques potentiels qu’implique l’utilisation de tests psychométriques, en faisant écho aux révélations récentes sur l’utilisation des questionnaires de personnalité par Cambridge Analytica. En amplifiant son travail de thérapie politique à la sphère kinesthésique, Liz Magic Laser a collaboré avec deux thérapeutes du mouvement, France Schott-Billmann et Mandoline Whittlesey, ainsi qu’avec un groupe de danseurs professionnels. Ils ont développé ensemble une chorégraphie en travaillant à partir de différentes pratiques
de thérapie du mouvement dont l’Authentic Movement – une approche de la thérapie par la danse développée par Mary Starks Whitehouse dans les années 1950, le Body-Mind Centering®, ou encore des méthodes fondées sur la danse tribale et chamanique. L’analyse psychologique et l’élaboration de stratégies mises en place avant les rencontres entre dirigeants mondiaux ont également servi de références.
Avec Lise Benoit, Carisa Bledsoe, Yun-Chen Chang,
Célia Chauvière, Fabiana Gabanini
et Martina Musilova. Développé à travers des ateliers
de danse thérapie donnés par France Schott-Billmann
et Mandoline Whittlesey ; et avec le conseil
chorégraphique de Cori Kresge. Directeur de
la photographie : Spencer Wolff. Costumes par
Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Scénographie
et costumes réalisés grâce au généreux soutien de
Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise
Galeries Lafayette.
Handle/Poignée est coproduit par le Centre Pompidou,
Paris, la Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris,
et le Confort Moderne, Poitiers. Développé en partenariat
avec ACTS / École de danse contemporaine de Paris®
et Micadanse.
Mary Ping (Costumes)
Mary Ping est une créatrice installée à New York.
En 2002 elle lance sa ligne conceptuelle,
Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Elle a remporté
les prix du 18e National Design Award et de l’Ecco Domani Award, UPS Future of Fashion.
Son travail fait partie des collections permanentes du Victoria and Albert Museum, du Museum at F.I.T., R.I.S.D. Museum, de la Fondation
Deste, et de Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.
Le design de Slow and Steady Wins the Race
est une recherche constante sur les éléments
que nous portons, comment nous les portons,
et pourquoi. Chaque collection porte également
un commentaire sur l’anthropologie culturelle
de la mode moderne, en se concentrant sur les
caractéristiques fondamentales du design dans
une garde-robe. Le travail vise à donner
à la mode ses éléments les plus indispensables
et empiriques. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
est sans âge, interculturel, durable et illimité.

 

| 8. 1948 Buick by Norman E. Timbs | Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

There are 8 days remaining in 2018 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

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The 1948 Buick Streamliner by Norman E. Timbs. A true landmark in concept card design.

type Concept / Prototype Car
built at California, USA
body stylist Norman Timbs
production 1
engine Buick Inline-8
power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp
bhp/weight 191.57 bhp per tonne
body / frame Aluminum over Steel Tube Chassis
driven wheels RWD
r suspension De Dion-Type Tube Axle w/Transverse Leaf Spring, Tubular Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1044 kg / 2300 lbs
wheelbase 2921.0 mm / 115 in
height 990.6 mm / 39 in

| FLASHBACK | 2017 Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule

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As we countdown to the days remaining in 2018, below is a recap of our 2017 time capsule items and moments. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

From utility to longevity, we outlined our prime values this past year including integrity, care, concept, simplicity, curiosity, reliability, materiality, and quality.

10. Whole Earth Catalog 

9. Big Wheel 

8. Coca Cola

7. Becca Albee and Matt Connors

6. Future Shock

5. Access and Ability 

4. Georgia O’Keeffe

3. Items : Is Fashion Modern 

2. Best Practices

  1. 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet

| NOW | World Environment Day

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More than sustainability, we in the studio believe tremendously in longevity. Longevity means durability, long-lasting consistency and is inclusive of quality and integrity. Now more than ever we must uphold memory as a responsibility and ensure the longevity of our practices and the impact of their outcomes. Read the Journal periodically as we share ideas, solutions, and better practices.