[NetBehaviour] OPEN CALL: The Augmented Attention Lab, 3-6 June in Bratislava (deadline Apr 15!)

Jonathan Reus info at jonathanreus.com
Wed Apr 10 00:21:14 CEST 2019

    OPEN CALL: The Augmented Attention Lab, 3-6 June at Sensorium
    Festival, Bratislava

      TheAugmented Attention Lab <https://www.sensorium.is/lab>is a
      four-day pressure cooker that brings together a diverse group of
      practitioners to create and test technological prototypes and
      cognitive methods that explore the edges of the human sensory
      spectrum and compose attention towards varied intensities and
      scales of change within our environment. We invite designers,
      artists, technologists, researchers and theorists to
      collaboratively build on each others’ knowledge during an
      intensive development period where new projects can emerge and
      existing projects can take on new and unexpected directions.

      /*The deadline for applications is April 15, 2019!*/

Register here. 

    The Augmented Attention Lab

    /“Artists are making present and composing attention”/
    /— Tim Ingold, The Perception of the Environment/

It is becoming evident that the multiple social platforms, screens and 
technological devices that we surround ourselves with scatter and 
fragment our attention. This poses a problem from an evolutionary 
perspective, as our ability to attend, react and adapt to the 
environmental changes occurring around us are the determining factor of 
our survival as a species. In a present where environmental change is 
the single biggest challenge to our species, how can an awareness of our 
perceptual limitations foster new ways of creating technologies and 
practices for augmenting our own modes of attention?

The Augmented Attention Lab is a nomadic platform that gathers 
practitioners from diverse fields who wish to confront this question 
through interdisciplinary collaboration. We attempt to facilitate a 
fertile experimentation space where designers, creative technologists, 
theorists and researchers can benefit from each others’ expertise in 
actualizing new sensory paradigms through cognitive “hacks” and 
technological prototypes. As facilitators, we organise exercises and 
field trips and bring our own skills to the table, while also inviting 
guests who provide additional skills, technical platforms and research 
methods to the group. Participants are free to form new collaborations 
on the spot or bring already existing projects to work on during the 
period of the lab.

This lab departs fromSensory Cartographies 
<https://sensorycartographies.info/manifest/>, an artistic-research and 
design project that conceptualizes and develops wearable mapping 
technologies and practices that take into consideration the constant 
flux of change that plays out at the interface between body, 
consciousness and world.

*3rd – 6th of June*
*Bratislava, Slovakia*
*Participation is Free of charge*
*Facilitated byJonathan Reus <https://jonathanreus.com/> & Sissel Marie 
Tonn <https://www.sisselmarietonn.com/>*
*Applications are accepted until April 15th, 2019*

Apply Now 


The Augmented Attention lab is looking for practitioners who are 
interested in developing bodily and sensory extensions that afford 
awareness and attention towards our surroundings, and who wish to engage 
with these issues through a collaborative making process. We look for a 
mix of artists, designers, musicians, consciousness and cognition 
researchers, ecologists, creative technologists, etc.. who are willing 
to step out of their comfort zone for a 4 day intensive pressure cooker. 
The facilitators of the lab are particularly experienced in the 
development of wearable sensor systems, wearable computing and e-textile 
fabrication, and interactive sound technologies, and will provide access 
to the specific platforms we use for those who are interested. However 
all project ideas are welcome no matter the platform or medium, so long 
as the participant is interested in developing work that challenges the 
perceptual and sensory modes of the body within its environment.

The 4 day pressure cooker will consist of presentations of the lab 
facilitators (Sissel & Jonathan) and mentors Marcello Lussana and George 
Profenza (see bios below), as well as facilitate the projects and 
possible collaborations of the participants. We will focus on 
introducing you to the methods and hardware we use in our research, as 
well as facilitate the use these methods and hardware for your projects. 
Furthermore we will be going on field trips in Bratislava and beyond, 
that can inspire new ways of thinking across our respective practices.

Will your practice or project benefit from being part of this lab? Then 
*submit your entry for our open call here 
by April 15th!* The Sensorium team and lab facilitators will then select 
a fitting team of participants from the submissions to ensure a rich and 
diverse group.


The Augmented Attention Lab will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia from 
the 3rd – 6th of June. Participation in the lab is free (thanks to 
generous support by theGoethe Institut Bratislava 
<https://www.goethe.de/ins/sk/sk/index.html>). Note that participants 
need to arrange and pay their own travel to and accommodation in 
Bratislava. There will be tools available for production and prototyping 
on site such as 3D printers, soldering stations and sewing machines. 
Additional tools are potentially available upon request.

The lab is part of Sensorium Festival <https://sensorium.is/>: the first 
Slovak festival making sense of creative technology. The main Sensorium 
programme takes place June 7th – 9th featuring conference program, 
interactive exhibition, live performances and cross-disciplinary 
workshops. Throughout 2019 Sensorium addresses the theme ‘The Augmented 

*The Augmented Attention Lab will culminate in an open lab session at 
the beginning of Sensorium Festival.*Festival visitors will be invited 
to look behind the scenes, test prototypes and talk with lab 
participants about their work.

    About the Facilitators

      Sissel Marie Tonn & Jonathan Reus

*Sissel Marie Tonn <https://sisselmarietonn.com/>&Jonathan Reus 
<http://jonathanreus.com/>*are the co-founders of The Augmented 
Attention Lab. They began working together as Sensory Cartographies in 
2016, an ongoing artistic research project and platform for exploring 
ways in which human attention to environmental flux can be mediated for 

/*Sissel Marie Tonn*/ is a Danish artist/designer working with textiles, 
wearable sculpture and forms of spoken narrative. Her work focuses on 
human perception of environments undergoing change, and is particularly 
inspired by feminist/post-humanist ideas of materiality and entanglement 
by Rosi Braidotti and Astrida Neimanis, the anthropological work on 
umwelts and attention of Anna Tsing and Tim Ingold, the death-defying 
architects Arakawa & Gins and the relational objects of Lygia Clark. 
During the Augmented Attention Lab she will be facilitating participants 
in prototyping with textile and other materials, proposing “mind 
hacking” practices, and sharing insights from her research at specific 
sites of local ecological change across the world.

/*Jonathan Reus*/is an experimental composer who explores new ways of 
music making through technological/critical practices. His work often 
involves deep research into new tools and technologies for musical and 
performative expression that value sensitivity, mindfulness and 
fragility as their core components. During the Augmented Attention Lab 
he will facilitate participants in working with wearable sensing and 
computing system, working with and through sensor data and environmental 
datasets, and exploring the possibilities for music, sound and vibration 
to enhance the sensory spectrum. He and Sissel will provide a number of 
mobile sensor/sound platforms for participants to work with if they 
choose, using theBela platform <https://bela.io/>.

      Marcello Lussana

/*Marcello Lussana*/(1979) is a multidisciplinary 
researcher/composer/designer who combines the practices of music, 
philosophy, cognitive science and creative technology into a cohesive 
whole. His work deals specifically with embodied interaction between 
music and intimate human movement, where body and computer are connected 
through a complex understanding of body perception and carefully 
designed interfaces. After completing his study at the University of 
Foreign Languages in Bergamo (IT), he earned a Master in Technology and 
Communication at Torino (IT). In 2010, he attended the Master of Sound 
Studies program at the University of Arts in Berlin (UdK, DE). Since 
2012, he has been a core contributor toMotionComposer 
<http://motioncomposer.com/>, a movement-music platform designed for 
differently-abled bodies, and has been a composer for the European 
projectMetabody <http://metabody.eu/>, which explores technologically 
expanded concepts of bodily expression.

Marcello currently lives and works in Berlin where he produces computer 
music for audio-visual performances, dance, theater and live 
electronics. Since 2016 he has been working on a doctoral research 
project at Humboldt University Berlin on the subject of interactive 
music and body perception. He is co-founder of the research 
projectSentire <http://sentire.me/>, a technological platform and 
research platform for exploring touch through the perspective of sound 
and cognitive science. Marcello will facilitate the lab through 
providing his skills as a sound designer, composer and giving a workshop 
on ‘microphenomenology <https://www.microphenomenology.com/>‘ methods, a 
research technique for understanding the lived experience of 
technological mediations. He will also provide access to the Sentire 
system for those interested in exploring touch as a mode of 
environmental perception.

      George Profenza

George Profenza <http://lifesine.eu/>is a creative technologist with 
experience in a wide variety of platforms for developing interactive 
sensing and data processing work, and is the general maker of 
interactive magic at London art/design studioHirsch & Mann 
<https://www.hirschandmann.com/>, where he works to bridge the visions 
of designers with engineering realities.

George’s specialisations lie in mobile and portable computer vision, 
software interfacing between hardware and sensor technologies, and 
real-time computer graphics. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths Creative 
Computing and the Bartlett’s Architecture + Computation programs. In 
general he is interested in how art, design and technology intersect to 
create unique works that are fun, curious and engaging. He believes that 
rich and unexpected outcomes are the result of a hybrid approach that 
embraces analytical precision, hands-on experimentation, and a good dose 
of fearless hacker enthusiasm. George spends his spare time bringing 
robots and puppets to life and finding artistic inspiration in paper 
folding, doodling and complex geometry.

George will bring his myriad technical skills and experience in 
facilitating design concepts to the lab in order to facilitate the 
development of new prototypes and cognitive-technological methods.

      /*Applications close April 15th*/

Apply to join now 


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