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Paying attention

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In this article I explore the difference between individual and collective attention. I discuss the ways in which museum experience is impacted by the number of visitors in attendance and the social qualities of the environment. The Berkeley Art Museum’s [email protected] Friday evening programme is introduced as an example of a programme that fosters collective attention. In this context, I discuss the performance of György Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique (1962), which resulted in a remarkable experience of collective attention.
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Keywords: aesthetic; attention; collective; museum; social

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Roberts Wesleyan College

Publication date: August 24, 2011

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