NITV, Thursday, January 23, 7.30pm
“Slow TV”, one of the more recent innovations of public broadcasting, is not for everyone. As experiences go, it’s more like floating peacefully on the sea than engaging in a high-speed boat chase, and there are undoubtedly many viewers who need a higher level of adrenalin and will never be able to get into it. But if you’re temperamentally suited to the Slow TV experience – wherein we watch the unfolding of a lengthy process over a lengthy period – there is something soothing and therapeutic about laying back and letting it wash over you.
Marni is a far livelier Slow TV event than previous gambits following trains across the outback. It’s even educational, adding genuine learning to the Zen-like calm of the immersive program. Rather than tracking long-distance transit, here we are treated to the mesmeric sight of Indigenous artist Allery Sandy creating an intricate dot painting of Ngarluma country.
This alone might be enough, for Slow TV purposes. One of the most fascinating things in the world is to watch an artist at work, to see the precise process by which someone with preternatural skills and talent brings forth a piece. The act of creation is a mysterious and awe-inspiring one and to see it unfold at the leisurely pace afforded by this medium is a rare treat. Here the artistic process is at once demystified and made even more impressive as we can fully appreciate the care, attention to detail and passion that Allery puts into her work.