Credits

May 4, 2006 by

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

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Troika’s in town!

May 4, 2006 by

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Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio from Troika Ranch are in town!  are responsible for the fantastic Isadora software which Sara has used to programme her video work. Dawn and Mark stopped by yesterday to 'Pay Attention' and then came with us for dinner and drinks. Troika Ranch are in Liverpool as part of their 9 week tour of their latest performance, which will also tour to other european cities including Berlin.

Experiment underway

May 3, 2006 by

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The Attention Please experiment is now live in The Box at FACT, Liverpool, UK. The live experiment runs Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May from 2-6pm. We have already had quite large visitor numbers attending, all of whom have been paying attention!

Please give us your feedback!

May 3, 2006 by

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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 by

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 by

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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 by

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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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Grabbing Attention at CocoaDevHouse Amsterdam

April 22, 2006 by

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CocoaDevHouse is an unconference, hackathon, geek meetup and make stuff event over 24 hours. We're half way through learning about Cocoa development, and starting to make some stuff that uses the varied and exceptional talents of the guys in the room. Paul is working on the application that turns the RFID events into usable data, records it and does nice stuff with it. The guys at CocoaDevHouse are pretty interested in making a simple Cocoa App, mixed in with a little WebObjects so it seemed like a great opportunity for them all (or 5 of them at least) to work together on it. We're making 2 apps; "Attention Seeker" and "Attention Grabber". The specifications are…..

Attention Seeker
Foreground application
Transparent window in kiosk mode that is above a video.
See http://developer.apple.com/technotes/tn2002/tn2062.html
Gets RFID tag from an attached scannerProcesses this tag and brings up a message and maybe a picture (details collected by Attention Grabber). Trying to avoid using an SQL database to store pictures.
Sort of dash board effect with the application going from Transparent to translucent and then back again.
Log this somewhere.

Attention Grabber

Gets the detail for an RFID tag
User scans the tag, enters details and gets their picture taken
Log the details somewhere, which are called up by the Attention Seeker application.

Backend
The backend is going to be a simple WebObjects app which will take care of persisting the data.
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Personal attention

April 22, 2006 by

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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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Attention Please & Attention Trust

April 19, 2006 by

Whilst we are studying attention in the gallery, specifically with video art; we are also keenly following the work of the Attention Trust who are working with measuring, and rewarding attention online and in other spaces.
So we signed up as a member.


Verified AttentionTrust Member

Open Call

April 18, 2006 by

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We're seeking gallery goers in Liverpool to take part in an interactive experiment. The experiment asks nothing more than for you, the audience to give your attention. “Attention Please!” is a video installation with a difference; your attention is important and valuable, pay your attention carefully, and it will be rewarded.

Artist Sara Smith is working with technology partner Kisky Netmedia on this experiment using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. We're mixing techno tags with vivacious video. We're exploring presence and your effect on the art.

As people, ideas and hot new products compete for our attention through TVs, billboards, and the Internet, do they know if we're really paying attention? What if your attention can be measured? What happens when we pay attention to art? And if we do, will it change or react? Will it know? Does it matter? It does now.

We're looking for individuals and groups to participate in our experiment. Come alone, bring your friends or family; it's fun!

Pay attention at

The Box, FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ.

03 & 04 May 2pm – 6pm

Just turn up.
If you want to bring a group before 2pm or only finish work at 6pm and want to come afterwards, contact us and we would be happy to accommodate you!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Things we’ve been talking about

April 17, 2006 by

While I was visiting Kisky we did a lot of talking about our project and what we had to do and other ideas that could be possible now we have done the first stage of our research.

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Tagging your tag (transponder)

Following on from the idea of being able to write to your tag, our minds started to wander and the ideas began to flow. What if you could tag your tag, Katie rolled off the tags she would write, and what does that leave you with, a tag that has tags on it. What can you do with this information?
They could be used like Playing flickr, where some software was developed that could receive an sms message, questions the flickr database and pulls out images tagged with the tag that was written in the message. So we could develop something similar – when the card is read it reads off the tags and pulls off photographs from flickr. Then these images could build up a montage of the installation and its users, the images could be displayed similar to the million dollar homepage or as a series of stills that create a slideshow.

The Notion of Tags

We have the ability to tag your tag (transponder) "A tag (From wikipedia) is a keyword which acts like a subject or category. A keyword is used to organize webpages and objects on the Internet. Each user "tags" a webpage or image using his/her own unique tag. An image or webpage may have multiple tags that identify it. Webpages and images with identical tags are then linked together and users may use the tag to search for similar webpages and images."

The physical (transponder) and the personal – the ability to combine them is interesting and it becomes more empowering rather than controlling.

Attention economy

My notion of the audience having an important and valuable role in experiencing art (video, performance, theater, interaction) brought us to the term attention, as it belongs to the audience and its in their control where they give it, which has a real effect. It appears we're not the only people who think attention is important, and we want to reward it!

From wikipedia "Attention economics is an approach to the management of information that treats human attention as a scarce commodity, and applies economic theory to solve various information management problems."

Also check out this on Attention economy and the Net, there's an interesting bit on the effect of the audience!