Floating Attention 2018
Inkjet print on matte paper, 14,8 x 21cm, 38 pages
Edition of 100
Floating Attention by Ralph Collier and Clarisse Bruynbroeck is conceived as a script for a film after a couple of real-life encounters. This dialogue consists of transcripts of conversations, descriptions, future happenings in developing an exhibition. The publication has been released to coincide with the exhibition chapter one ≈ chapter one, created by Clarisse Bruynbroeck, Damiano Curschellas, Karen Amanda Moser and Ralph Collier for BIKINI, Basel. It serves as a parallel existence, similar to a floor plan, to be an extension of the space.
The creation of this publication reflects on the notion of floating attention. The term describes the state of the psychoanalyst mind when listening to the patient during a psychoanalytic session. Floating attention is the kind of direction-less listening – removed from both theoretical presuppositions and therapeutic goals. By attaching no preconceived importance to any particular part of the analysand’s discourse, and allowing his or her unconscious complete freedom to act, the analyst can best profit from the counterpart rule of free association on the part of the analysand.