Attention Lab

Friday, October 14, 2016, 6 - 9pm

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Indiscreet associates of The Order of the Third Bird invite you to join them in an action of practical aesthesis: a collective and formal manner of giving sustained attention to Things Made to Be Looked At (in particular, to works of art). What to expect? In accordance with the Order's motto, In Practice, Practice, few details are typically circulated in advance of such a convening. As The Order of the Third Bird is a circumspect, and even elusive body, little can be said directly of its doings. Nevertheless, this much can be offered: a small number of uninhibited (indeed, even heretical) individuals, having some knowledge of The Order’s protocols and rites, here propose to break with strict tradition and share, perhaps promiscuously, what they have learned.  If experience be a guide, the occasion will combine silent and serious contemplation with playful conviviality. Temporary metempsychosis may occur but must not become permanent.

This is a free event, but reservations are required.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.