I want to think more about attention and am intrigued by how Brian Bruya approaches the theme, in a way that well accommodates studio practice and reflexivity. Bruya sketches out a three-dimensional model of attention. Through a bundle of channels that are configured based on needs and earlier experience, thus constituting current interest, a person draws from available stimuli. With practice, the channels themselves can be attended to.

"I propose that we view diffuse attention as an aperture—not just as a single aperture, however, but as multiple sub-apertures within one larger aperture—in other words, as multiple avenues of information processing within a single larger avenue. Selective attention will operate within the main aperture only, although non-attentive processing could be operating in any number of apertures simultaneously."


Brian Bruya. Apertures, Draw, and Syntax: Remodeling Attention, in: Bruya, Brian, Ed.; Effortless Attention: A New Perspective in the Cognitive Science of Attention and Action. MIT Press 2010