Attentionsss ! during 𝒴: Ecology of Attention
when?: 12/07/2021 18h30 - 23h
where?: DIVADLO X10 Charvátova 10/39, Praha 1, 110 00
A textual session held online by Constallationsss that will provide the methodological and theoretical attuning towards the evening

𝒴: Ecology of Attention. An 𝗬 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 co-curated with Berlin based 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴 𝗠𝗼𝗱𝘂𝘀 event series and co-produced by 𝗭𝗲𝗿𝗼 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 festival.
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Divadlo X10
𝗖𝗼-𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: Nultý bod, Montag Modus
Seek to understand a text
and finally seek to understand ourselves

In relation to each other are we not just text and image?

This is about attention, not us, so maybe yess
The blanks between us
Where are you ?
To find ourselves between the lines
I love you
learning to get out of pre-programmed routines


votre langue.s
penser composer performmer improvisation

LANGUE pendue

LANGUE perdue

attentionnée symbiotique

fonctionnelle automatisée translative conversationnelle
s'accrocher aux bribes

des collègues alliées

des bouts
sans continuité apparente

Yves Citton, Pour une écologie de l'attention, Seuil, 2014.

[…] even when I seem to be alone looking at the page of a book, newspaper or website, which is absorbing my attention, this is the result of a very complex inter-play of media enthralments, selective alignments, vectoralist strategies, profit-hunger and the will to resist – which together imply a vast array of social relations within the apparently isolated relationship that my eyes maintain with the page or screen. But it may also designate a collection of more specific, localized situations, where I know that I am not alone in the place in which I find myself, and where my consciousness of the attention of others affects the orientation of my own attention. In this case, we are dealing with situations of joint attention […]

[…] situations of joint attention would seem to be characterized by three phenomena. The first is a PRINCIPLE OF RECIPROCITY: attention must be able to circulate bidirectionally between the parties involved. The infant learns to follow the parents’ gaze in a relationship where the parents also endeavour to follow the gaze of the infant. The model here is provided by the conversation situation, whose etymology suggests that it is precisely a matter of knowing whether ‘to turn together the one towards the other’ (con-vertere). […]

The second characteristic phenomenon of joint attention is the STRIVING FOR AFFECTIVE HARMONIZATION, what is an affection in attention that constantly underpins it: you cannot be truly attentive to the other without being considerate towards them. This condition for the success of any conversation demands a continual work of reciprocal adjustment between speech on one side and listening on the other. [...] a ‘dialogue’ only moves forward thanks to micro-gestures of encouragement, sympathy, prevention, precaution or reassurance – thanks, in other words, to the many different kinds of ‘attention’ – that each participant directs to the other so as to maintain a good emotional resonance between them, which is much more important for the continuation of their exchange than the rigour of argumentative reasoning. […] Since it depends on affective singularities whose reactions are very diff
icult to predict, this work of reciprocal adjustment and harmonization can never be completely prepared in advance.

The third characteristic phenomenon of joint attention situations is therefore to be found in the IMPROVISATION PRACTICES that they necessarily call for: showing yourself to be attentive to the attention of the other requires learning to get out of pre-programmed routines, so you can open yourself to the risks (and techniques) of improvisation. Everyone knows how to improvise, because everyone has learned to participate in a conversation – where no one knows in advance what their interlocutors are going to say.
WHAT IS THE LANDSCAPE NOW BETWEEN US? IN WICH MELODY ARE US? WHAT IS THE SOUND ?THE AREA? CAN WE ONLY FEEL IT? I can only hear the fans of my laptop drop of water I see colors and hear my keyboard the sound of a garden nearby colors are singing through the hot air
opening up to risks
Photos Libor Galia (c) @Nultý bod a Y Events