The AWE Project

  • The Awe Witnessing Experience project was born in my mind somewhere between 2010 and 2011.
  • Like music, seeing is something that is almost universal and accessible to all. Yet, not everyone sees the beauty that surrounds us as we go about our daily lives, either because their eyes aren’t trained to spot those little things, or because they don’t have access to public art spaces. Therefore, the main goal of this project is to share my most beautiful shots through non-conventional channels, in a wide array of places, including both prestigious spaces like galleries and exhibitions in museums  and also more unusual places, such as schools, farms, hospitals, elderly medical homes, train or subway stations, public parks, streets, abandoned buildings, airports, churches,…As such, I aim to reach as many different people as possible, offering them opportunities to marvel, to be enchanted, to be overwhelmed and perhaps eventually to experience awe. I would love to collaborate with other artists or musicians.
  • According to recent research conducted at Stanford University (1), exposure to awe expands people’s perception of time, makes them behave more altruistically and less materialistically, and even gives them a momentary boost in life satisfaction. These benefits are important and especially so in today’s troubled times where many people are swamped by pessimism and financial difficulties, and trapped in the frenzy and stress of modern life.  Showing my work and allowing the widest possible audience to experience awe could therefore, have an immediate positive impact on viewers. This would represent my modest contribution to making their day a more enjoyable one.

(1) : http://faculty-gsb.stanford.edu/aaker/pages/documents/TimeandAwe2012_workingpaper.pdf

 

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