“A way of looking, thinking, talking, and listening that is rare and precious and good for the soul in a million ways.”

We live an “Attention Economy,”
a trillion-dollar industry that seeks to monetize our every waking moment
and frack human eyeballs for commercial gain.

In a world where ATTENTION, our most precious human asset,
is bought and sold by powerful and often invisible actors, and where
technological change has outpaced our ability to adapt to changing social conditions and to collectively imagine the world we wish to inhabit;

We, the Friends of Attention,
an underground network of creatives, educators and actual friends who share an interest
in the puzzles and promises of the attentive mind and the directed senses,
present to you…

✺ ✺ ✺
the attention labs

our work to devise, recover, activate and share
forms of radical human attention
that are resistant to commodification

Watch a series of mini-documentaries reporting on the results of previous Labs at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC. Lab #1 was with students from College of Mount Saint Vincent (CMSV) and Lab #2 with high schoolers from Democracy Prep.

What are the Attention Labs?
☞ community-based/open-public, youth/adult-oriented workshops
☞ spaces for exploration and experimentation
☞ a non-profit project, free of charge

What do we do at the Labs?
✎ have conversations and engage in experimental practices in
the power, beauty and potential of human attention
under the guidance of attention activists, artists and scholars

What for?
✽ empower attentional agency
✽ engage attentional resources through practice
✽ encourage historical and critical analysis of attention
in order to
bring forth the astonishing reality of things and persons
thereby creating a more humane, compassionate and empowered future

true attention loves the real into existence
✺ ✺ ✺

“A profoundly personal experience that at the same time connects you with others and creates a community you will not expect…” 

“I think something magical happened… I am deeply inspired by the whole thing.”

“Exceeded my expectations… This Lab showed me how important attention is in my life. My attention is, honestly, what makes up my actual life!”

“It was highly generative, and it facilitated an opening up of attention — a stepping back from the ‘ruts’ in my attentional landscape, ruts carved by the imperative to ‘produce.’”

“I feel like I am leaving with my attention primed, and in tune with myself in the present moment.”

“It helped me re-frame my thinking around the things that are important to me.”

“Something made by people for people — the reclamation of our attention is really important.”

Our next Lab will take place on:
Saturday, October 1st
10:00am — 6:30pm
Bennington College
Bennington, VT 05201

attend the October 1st Lab