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We live in times dominated by a new medium that demands new forms of interaction and communication. A medium that imposes such accelerated rhythms that it hardly leaves us room to breathe, digest or reflect. It seems, that in this scenario, absurdity has become the maxim that moves us, and that only those who take it to the extreme, attracting the greatest number of looks and ears to their discourses, will have the opportunity to influence the behavior of the social body.

This is my proposal of extreme absurdity: for 24 hours straight, I will subject my full attention to the draining nature of the digital medium. Because, if attention is a limited resource that can be exploited, where exactly is that limit?
Attention has become a valuable asset because it can be captured, measured, and profiled, and then used to target and trigger specific behaviors in us.

I will harvest my own attention, so you can buy it, in an alluring show designed to grab yours, with the final goal of being able to ask you a question:

Do you think it is possible to regain some agency over the flows of our own attention?
This image is a simulation of the 24 prints that will result from the performance. Each print will have space for 3600 pixels (50 x 72), equivalent to one order per second, for one hour.

All prints will be sold at the end of the performance, but you can reserve them in advance. Because the process is not fully automated, availability labels in the image might be outdated.

Request your print here.
These are the instructions to follow during the performance. The diagram shows the logic for the same instructions, but visually.

STEP 1) Sit in front of the paper, the computer and the black and red markers. Focus your attention on the first square delimited by the grid printed on the paper, and start the computer's process: emit a "yes" or a "no", randomly, every second.

STEP 2) If the computer says "yes", paint the square you are focused on, using the black marker, and move to the next square (left to right, top to bottom). If the computer says "no", just move to the next square. Repeat until you reach the end of the paper.

CONDITION A) If you lose your attention, stop the computer's process, paint the next empty square with the red marker, and when you are ready to continue, restart the computer's process, and repeat step 2.

CONDITION B) When you reach the end of the paper, repeat from step 1, until you complete the 24 papers.

IMPORTANT) Keep all breaks as short as possible.