15 minutes of digital peace
Artist, illustrator and a member of our 2019 class of 27 under 27s, Toronto-based Tabban Soleimani has used this time at home to create a digital space for mindfulness
As told to Jess Kelham-Hohler Above image courtesy of Tabban Soleimani Monday 14 September, 2020 Short read
Experience Take 15 here.
What prompted you to create Take 15?
‘Lockdown made me hyper-aware of my own extreme content consumption and time online. The idea was quite literal – open a window that actually helps boost my mental and emotional state.’
Tell us about the process of designing it.
‘I’ve been curious about my cognitive structure, so a lot of research went into looking at the brain and our connection with nature in the digital age. We spend more than 10 hours online and maybe 30 minutes outside (if that). Nature deficiency is very real for many of us living in urban areas.
‘Sound vibrations have been helpful to my healing journey, and so I really wanted to extend and offer a small corner of the internet dedicated to cognitive restoration. The digital space is known to be mentally draining and overwhelming. I wanted to create somewhere where we can be mindful of our energy.’
What’s been some of the feedback you’ve received?
‘A friend said to me, “It feels like I’m on a hill with my eyes closed”. I love the image that gave me.’
Self-care has been at the forefront recently – why in particular did you want to approach it via the internet?
‘Wellness accessibility is important to me and not talked about enough. It felt right to utilise the internet as a tool – virtual healing, if you will. No additional cost required, just 15 minutes of your time.’