“The Net’s cacophony of stimuli short-circuits both conscious and unconscious thought, preventing our minds from thinking either deeply or creatively.” – Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
In a world where scanning for information is standard procedure and conclusions are drawn at a glance, experts warn that such practices are rewiring our brains for shallow reasoning and depleting our critical thinking and analytical capabilities. Engaging in the practice of Slow Looking & Visible Thinking during an ART SMART corporate outing can help alter that course in your company culture.
What is Slow Looking & Visible Thinking?
Slow Looking and Visible Thinking are research-based, museum-originated observation practices that have been increasingly shown to hold wide benefits far beyond the museum walls. Unlike a traditional art tour experience where a guide might tell the group what is happening in a painting, the Slow Looking & Visible Thinking guide asks, “What could be happening here?”
Such subtle conversational techniques and other guided looking practices not only allow for thoughtful, immersive engagement, but they encourage active curiosity, and allow space for interpretation and communication among group members, creating a unique team-building experience. Guides teach participants simple steps for thinking routines to help them build confidence in making sense of what they see and communicating their observations to other team members.
Deeper Engagement and Understanding Amid Disruption and Fast Innovation
This type of careful study, attention, and questioning forms active cognitive opportunities for understanding, critical thinking, and finding meaning in a manner that is not available through standard, quick-scan approaches. It encourages participants and company team members to dig deeper to understand how their inferences may be affected by their own biases and how to increase their range of perception in order to be more objective in their conclusions.
What are the results of Slow Looking & Visible Thinking?
Studies have found that observational skills increase significantly with the kind of focused visual training Slow Looking and Visible Thinking offer. Participants have also reported greater clarity in communication following participation in a Slow Looking program, making it an ideal corporate team-building activity.
Honing group and individual thinking processes improves learning and collaboration skills, creating a shared culture of inquisitive communication that helps teams work more fluidly together to achieve strategic business goals in the corporate environment.
How does ART SMART use Slow Looking & Visible Thinking?
At ART SMART, we recognize that art naturally challenges us to think outside the box, and that removing your team from an office environment with a corporate outing in a museum or gallery space helps create a situation conducive to distinct inspiration and innovation. Art objects themselves provide a neutral training ground for teaching Slow Looking and Visible Thinking skills; our guides use your specific business goals and objectives to select art objects that will be of particular interest to your group. Guides then use aspects of those objects as our subjects of enquiry during our tour to help teach your team to think differently using these specialized techniques.
Contact us today to find out more about how our corporate tours and events can help strengthen your team and build your business.