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Who’s been talking been talking about us

June 26, 2006

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So over the course of the project various people have been talking about us, now I thought it was about time I told you all about it!

We were on the front page of We Make Money Not Art for a while (that was very exciting).

rhizome newsletter

We were in rhizome e-newsletter and posted on Rhizome.org where a full discussion insued about the merits of RFID art projects.

We were on Upcoming

“The best British Art blog” The Times Oct 1st 2005 Art in Liverpool blog wrote a post on the project and a review.

Katie wrote about the project on here blog.

Networked-Performance, a research blog about network-enabled performance, [NetBehaviour] and Mobile Audiences talked about us.

And the Attention Trust

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What did we learn?

May 15, 2006

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I've been taking my time to process what happened at the experiment, we had lots of feedback verbally from people at the time, their comments on this blog, and the stats we collected from the Attention Grabber. But here's some responses.

Power
People have been talking about control and the feeling of power that the card gave them. The notion of power is not something I had realised people would attach to the cards and the action of swiping. It was a conscious decision to make people feel an attachment to this card that they were being told was THEIR attention, and I felt it was important that people were part of a process. This was my method of getting the audience to participate in something that could have been quite an alien action.
Control
A number of people spoke about the idea of control. Questioning if the video is controlling you or are you controlling it? And the answer is both, the video was only changing when it received attention but it had certain conditions to fulfill before it would react.
The idea of control was a cyclical motion between viewer and viewed. It was this notion of presence, that I was trying to recreate/represent.
Interaction!????!
So I asked, "Did you feel like you were interacting?". My intention was to find out what people's response was to the idea of interaction, and in many ways I wanted the answer to be "no". But by posing the question, maybe it's my fault for misleading people into thinking about the experiment in the same terms as another interaction work.But people's perceptions of what interaction is, where the viewer does something and you get an immediate obvious reaction response, seemed to tarnish quite a number of people's experiences, because when they gave their attention they expected to get a return, and it seems the response of the acknowledgment of their attention (their photograph, name, time-stamp) was not enough.
Experiment/Research/Installation
Also I think people forgot that this was a research project rather than a completed artwork. It needed to be a professional setting for people to engage with the process properly – but this lead to some people having expectations of the content they were watching and giving responses to this rather than the issues of their live presence in the installation and its effect on the art.

Basic Stats

May 8, 2006

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I've spent my weekend trying to make sense of all the data we recorded at the experiment. I've been building graphs (well trying to remember how to build graphs), some of which make no sense but look nice and others that just make me want to do more complicated things!

We were open for 8hrs over two afternoons and we received over 20 hours of attention! and 3213 attention hits.
The average duration of an Attention givers visit was 13.5mins.
Giving an average 36 attention hits.

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This is a graph of Simon's attention hits, showing the screen, the time intervals of hits and hit counts (this is one of the groovy yet uninformative graphs!).

Attention Please! on EuroMac Podcast

May 7, 2006

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Attention Please! has been mentioned on the fabulous EuroMac Podcast! Don McAllister from EuroMac Podcast came to FACT in Liverpool to meet and record an interview with Katie Lips about the Attention Please! project and the software linking the video works with the RFID kit; all made on a Mac of course! EuroMac Podcast is a weekly mix of Mac related news from Europe. Find it here: http://www.euromacpodcast.com/

It’s not over yet!

May 7, 2006

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What a week! From software install and test on Monday, installing the kit in the space on Tuesday, with Wednesday and Thursday spent watching, helping, coercing and reacting to an attention paying audience; we've had quite a week. Now the actual research days are completed, there's a lot to think about.

We learned how people feel when offered a chance to react to art in a gallery space; we learned how simple technology can be an empowering force for an audience. We learned a lot from our participants; and much of it is here on this blog – the call for feedback post currently has 24 comments! Over the next few weeks we will be digesting and displaying this as the final phase of the project.

There is more to come!

Attention Rewards

May 4, 2006

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To say thanks to all those who've helped with the Attention Please experiment (for those who are in Liverpool) we're having a few beers from 6pm in the Box at FACT today!
Hope to see you there.

Photo: fenbranklin

Credits

May 4, 2006

Attention Please has been a relatively short project, completed within three months.  Although it has been short, it has been a diverse project, and drawn together a diverse group of artists, programmers, technicians – and of course, participants. With many thanks to………
Artist
Sara Smith

Technology Partner
Kisky Netmedia (Katie Lips and Paul Stringer)

Project Funding
ITEM (Supported by Arts Council England)

Venue
The Box, FACT (The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, UK

Equipment Hire
MITES (Moving Image Touring Exhibition Service)

Exhibition Technicians
Sara Smith and Nick Lawrenson

Gallery Assistance
Ivan Gonzalez

Additional Exhibition assistance and sofa removals
Simon Bradshaw, Lian Harter, Alex Gibson

Marketing
The Marketing Team at FACT and Printing.com

ITEM Project Management
Wibke Hott

Technical Project Management

Katie Lips, Kisky Netmedia

RFID Equipment
Dennis Dewer from RFID Components Ltd, (UK) and BuyRFID (US)

Isadora
Mark Coniglio, Troika Ranch

JunXion
Steim

Cocoa & WebObjects Development & hacking
Paul Stringer, with collaboration and support from Axel Roest,  Dirk van Oosterbosch, Johan Kool, Abizer Nasir, Breyten Ernsting, Dirk Stoop, Daniel Salber, Andy Smith at CocoaDevHouseAmsterdam

Please give us your feedback!

May 3, 2006

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Firstly I'd like to thank you for coming, for paying attention and for taking part in our experiment.

Secondly, I'd like to ask you to give us some feedback. It's really important for us to know what you think of the installation.

Here are some questions to help you, please leave your response in the comment box below.

  1. Do you feel you were interacting with the videos?
  2. If yes, did this interaction enhance your experience?
  3. Do you think your attention was being rewarded?
  4. Do you think the technology used enhanced your experience?
  5. Have you enjoyed your visit today?
  6. Why did you come here today?
  7. Anything else you'd like to say?

Thank you for your help!

Hanging Screens

May 2, 2006

Sara on MEWP
The screens that Sara will be using for the video are double sided 2 meter square rear projection screens hand made using Screen Goo at FACT.  Sara and Nick are hanging them right now.  Sara's riding around on a MEWP – a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (a TM 12 to be precise).  After the screens are up and aligned, there's just the projectors to align, & speakers to hang. Then there's the computers to hook up, and then to make it all look pretty.

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Early morning exercise

May 2, 2006

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Setup Day 2 started with some rather physical sofa removal work.  We are preparing the space at the Box, in FACT.  FACT has many special design features some are obvious to the visiting public, some not so.  The Box is a small and cosy cinema which comfortably seats 50 on 25 sofas.  When it's not being used as a cinema, or space for a talk, the sofas neatly pack under the floor via a rather special hydraulic lift and sofa storage system.  It's pretty nice! It does require a lot of help though, the seasoned FACT experts seemed to know what they were doing, I was a bit rubbish so hid behind the camera!

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Making all the computers work…

May 2, 2006

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It's a quiet Bank Holiday Monday at FACT and we were hooking up all the computers, RFID readers, projectors, and several apps. Paul worked on finalising the applications made at CocoaDevHouse and Sara got everything installed on all the machines we are using. Katie helped with cutting stickers to the right size! did some testing, helped with semantics, oh and bought tshirts and plenty of coffee for everyone.

By 8pm we were all done – everything going to plan. As a special Bank Holiday treat (Sara's) Simon cooked us an amazing dinner of scallops in Champagne sauce – and that was just for starters!

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Personal attention

April 22, 2006

You

Your attention is personal right? To you. It's yours, not someone else's.  So if we can make this not just about measuring and recording attention, but about YOUR attention, then we think we might be onto something.  We don't want to confuse the audience participation; and specifically 'interaction' with attention, as they are different things, but…. using these tags, we have unique identifiers – we know your attention is; well, yours.  So the revelation today is that instead of giving you an attention tag, we can link your attention to your picture.  You give the art your attention, it gives you some back?  Something like, that – and to be discussed further, but we're currently working to link you + your attention + your photo.

Image from 'evilibby' on Flickr.
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