Attention is now an input, raw material and ultimately a currency that focuses our awareness and decides when, where and how we attend to a particular item of information. We are bound to our devices, controlled by notifications from software agents that vie for our attention. Be they a simple red dot with a number, a slight haptic vibration or a delicate chime, the computers in our pockets serve as an interface to a digital ecosystem of capitalist contenders all of whom carefully comb our data, curate our digital experience and drive the attention economy. "Motor Studies," a solo exhibition by artist Raphael Arar, serves as a metaphor of this digital ecosystem. Each sculpture consists of a single gesture intended to represent the physical embodiment of a notification and its demands for our attention. The exhibition transforms the gallery into an operating system complete with its set of apps that seek to temporally and immersively attract, engage and ultimately distract participants as they navigate the space.
Saturday, October 9 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Holland Project 140 Vesta St, Reno, NV 89502