Attention Figures

32-channel sound system, variable light, algorithmic sound composition that uses a common notification sound and attempts to construct spatial arrangements of visitors' attention

In 1971 Herbert A. Simon coined the term attention economics stating that “In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients”.

Attention Figures stems from the perspective that the mental space associated with imagination is increasingly being colonized by algorithmic devices. The installation stages a space that pulsates between casual and theatrical and attempts to bring visitors' attention into their attention. The work was part of a solo show at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia that inquired into methods used to occupy our attention, how imagination is shaped and visions of reality are created.

Installation views at Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia

Installation views by Paul Kuimet