Ecology of Attention is a curatorial project of Montag Modus that consists of four performance exhibitions and a digital publication.
Montag Modus is an interdisciplinary series organized by the MMpraxis curatorial platform. The series centers around performance art, choreography, and time-based media, are presented in a form of a group exhibition. Each year Montag Modus has a thematic focus which unfolds across multiple performance exhibitions, each of which consists of four to five new works and offers a one-week on-site residency to the artists prior to the event and/or publication itself.
The Ecology of Attention project was initiated by Montag Modus’ artistic director Léna Szirmay-Kalos, who has invited curators, cultural practitioners, and artists to co-curate the performance exhibitions and the publication with her in a collaborative manner. It has provided space to different practices of attention by unfolding through time and space, proposing and realizing multiple forms of access and participation.
Inspired by Yves Citton's Ecology of Attention book, four performance exhibitions addressed the notion of attention in the digital age by looking at it not only as an individual act of selecting objects from environments, or as a premium commodity, but also as something that is collectively organized and valued. The performance-exhibitions were organized in Berlin and online between August 2020 and March 2021 and presented 19 artistic contributions in collaboration with Berlin-based, as well as artists, curators, and theater-makers from the regions of Central and Eastern Europe.The digital publication, co-edited by Léna Szirmay-Kalos and Maru Mushtrieva, documents the works and includes five new pieces commissioned specifically for the publication.