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D. Graham Burnett (co-chair); Francis McKee (co-chair); ESTAR(SER) collective; Joanna Fiduccia; Katherine MacBride; Hermione Spriggs
Vigils and Vigilance: Attention, Duration, Subjectivity

Vigils and Vigilance is a day-long symposium at CCA. Featuring talks and discussion with artists and writers, as well as a performance lecture and participatory workshop, the symposium delves into multiple conceptions of attention.

The programme has been influenced by pioneering Scottish physiologist, Norman H. Mackworth, who created the first apparatus for measuring vigilance in the 1940s. Originally developed as part of wartime research into radar observers, Mackworth’s technical study of the capacity of a subject to ‘pay attention’ has profoundly affected modern understanding of subjectivity. By contrast, as a critique of the toxic conditions of late capitalism, the symposium also foregrounds the spiritual and memorial power of the vigil, which has traditionally linked attention to waiting and time.

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