Slow TV Helps Us Dial It Back


Slow TV to calm the savage beast

The last few weeks of the year are busy for us and, at times, tensions can run high.

As an antidote to the mile-a-minute conversations, meetings about meetings and hourly deadlines, we’ve been hopping on the Slow TV bandwagon.

Slow TV has been described as “watching paint dry on TV,” and that’s a pretty apt description. It’s a minute-for-minute, minimally edited broadcast of an event that usually spans multiple hours.

Today, we’re streaming The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s  Hurtigruten: Minutt for minutt on one of the wall monitors. The 134-hour long ferry trip from Bergen to Kirkenes drew nearly half of Norway’s population to the non-stop broadcast.  Watch just ten minutes of the MS Nordnorge cruising serenely through the coastal fjords and you can quickly see the quirky appeal of watching a boat, water and some people.

It’s a welcome visual diversion to look up from whatever happens to be filling up our screens and our brains at any given time and see a ship, some water, and nearly a week’s worth of Slartibarfast’s “lovely, crinkly edges.”

So what do you do at work or at home to dial back the tension?  Music? Stare at the acoustic tiles in the ceiling and connect the dots? The comments are open.

  • http://www.slowtelevision.blogspot.co.uk/ Tim Prevett

    Good to hear Hurtigruten is making an impact over 3 years after it was broadcast :) Are you finding it makes a difference to the atmosphere, to people?

    • webslog

      Hi Tim – Speaking as one of the people who works in the room, it absolutely does. Too, co-workers walk by, see it on the monitor and seem to be drawn to it. Inevitably, when they leave, they say something along the lines of “Wow. I feel more … relaxed.”