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Curated by MicroClimate Collective, which is Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil, the exhibition “A.D.D.” kicks off tonight with the first of five events that culminate in a “participatory, thematic dinner” on November 16. According to Allee and Heilweil, “A.D.D.” aims to “address the malleable nature of concentration and memory in the age of multitasking.” More often than not, technology demands and dilutes our attention; Facebook offers a rich online, virtual life. Phillip Maisel overlays the contents of entire Facebook albums, the cacophony of streaming data rendering each moment meaningless. TMI, indeed. Clint Imboden constructs a cylinder from more than 100 X-rays, a looping MP3 heartbeat pulsing at its center. He describes stepping inside as “partly an out-of-body experience,” the X-rays filtering out the rest of the space while physically separating the observer. The Red Green Brain “brainwave-controlled drawing robot” built by Santhi Elayaperumal, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, monitors brain activity, each shift in attention sending the mechanical arm jogging in another direction, plotting a “mind map” like the subway routes of some vast, scattered metropolis. “A.D.D.” turns the gallery into “a collage of visual and auditory experiences, as a comment on fractured attention,” causing the viewer to — what were we saying?
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 20. Continues through Nov. 16, 2012

 
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