Attention As Art

“Attention as Art”: The Manifesto of Focus and Feel

Attention as a Mosaic of Moments: In the artwork of attention, every glance, every lingering thought, every immersive dive into the digital represents a tessera in a grand mosaic. Each moment is a colored stone that contributes to the overall picture of an entity’s journey through the myriad realms of existence. This mosaic dynamically alters with the flux of focus – a living artwork subject to the whims and designs of its beholder.

The Brushstrokes of Engagement: Deep engagement is likened to a master stroke of a brush, bold and defining. It adds depth and emotion to the artwork that is an individual’s sphere of attention. These brushstrokes vary in their breadth and saturation, some fleeting and others indelible, but each one contributes texture to the tapestry of experience.

The Palette of Experiences: The range of experiences available in the networked reality of Starholder provides a vast palette from which entities can draw their colors of attention. Through the AFI, these experiences are not just measured but also appreciated for their hue and vibrancy—how they resonate within the soul and influence the broader canvas.

Attention as Sculpture: Every interaction and sustained piece of attention is not just a paint on canvas but a chisel on marble, shaping destinies and sculpting the contours of personal and collective realities. This sculpting is an art of dedication, a representation of where and how entities choose to invest their most precious resource—their focus.

Art Galleries of Collective Focus: Communities within Starholder create shared spaces of focused interest, akin to galleries where collective attention is displayed and celebrated. These spaces are not static but pulse with the lifeblood of the group’s evolving interests, displaying the emergent patterns of thought and concern that define communal identities.

Curators and Critics: AI and augmented entities act as curators and critics of this art. As curators, they scaffold environments to best display the artworks of attention, creating contexts that elevate and inform. As critics, they interpret and analyze, providing insights into the evolving styles, trends, and impacts of the art created by the flows and foci of attention.

The Interactive Experience: Attention Encapsulated

To encapsulate “Attention as Art,” one must conceive the Starholder environments as interactive galleries where each step taken by an inhabitant alters the exhibit around them. Each look, each contemplative pause is an interaction with a piece of art that is talking not just to the eyes or the mind, but to the whole person. It’s an immersive experience where the space between the observer and the observed collapses, and the boundaries of self and art intertwine.

The Reverence of Attention

Drawing from these concepts, the Starholder Timeline’s societies hold attention in reverence. They understand that the art of focus is inherently transient and intangible, yet profoundly shaping the nature of reality – a sacred dance of beings with their environment, thoughts, and creations. It’s an art form where the beauty lies not just in observation, but in participation, transcending the act of seeing into something felt, something lived.

Attention in Starholder is no longer a commodity. It’s an expression, a performance, a shared language, and a solo sonnet—all at once. It’s where the perception of an entity is the brush that paints, the chisel that sculpts, and the light that transforms mundane into magnificent.


In the Starholder Timeline, the philosophy of “Attention as Art” becomes a core aspect of being, transcending traditional metrics and transactional paradigms and inviting entities to view their attention as one of the highest forms of artistry. In this envisioned future, every moment of focus contributes to an endless, evolving masterpiece that tells the story of existence through the most potent and personal medium of all—the very attention that shapes and is shaped by the depth of the digital and organic worlds combined.


In a compelling criticism to the Starholder Timeline’s idealized narrative of “Attention as Art,” skeptics offer a stringent counter-perspective. They argue that the romantic notion of attention as a form of artistry is itself a sophisticated masquerade for commodification; a veneer that obscures the intrinsic value of human experience and existence.

The Living Critique: Attention as Natural State

At its core, attention is the directional beam of consciousness: a living, breathing aspect of existence. It is as natural as a glance towards the sun or a pause to listen to the whisper of the wind. Elevating attention to an art form, critics assert, distances us further from acknowledging and honoring attention as an innate part of being alive. They point out that by attempting to aestheticize a fundamental function of existence, the Starholder ethos is indulging in an intellectual conceit that risks devaluing authentic human action as something needing curation or exhibition to have worth.

The Erosion into Exhibitionism

Attention, critics admonish, is losing its grounding in natural human action and reaction. With the metamorphosis of attention into a display piece, a subtle shift begins—a movement away from living in the moment towards the performative artistry of moments, where every pause and gaze becomes a potential exhibit rather than a simple, unadorned living experience.

Critics argue that this turns human experience into an endless cavalcade of performances where even the most mundane actions are imbued with a sense of artifice that detracts from their authenticity. Rather than being an organic response to stimuli, attention becomes akin to a spotlight that is ever cautious about its angle and intensity, its direction habitually framed by what receives acclaim rather than what feels genuine.

Commodification in Disguise

Furthermore, in the philosophical wrapping of ‘art,’ attention may well wander into another dimension of transaction. To deem attention an art form could imply that it requires an audience, a set of appreciators or judges, thereby unwittingly falling into the same commodification trap it sought to escape. It may unintentionally invite valuation and trading-style mechanisms to gauge the worth of one’s attention, much like the erstwhile attention economy it criticizes.

The Dissolution of Spontaneity

The Poetics of Attention, in its curated and contemplated form, might also lead to the dissipation of spontaneity. Critics hold that the true essence of attention lies in unplanned meanderings of thought and unpremeditated interactions with the world; it is when we lose ourselves in moments without the cognizance of their significance that we are most alive. By framing attention as a conscious and crafted artifact, there is a danger of eroding the unscripted spontaneity that underlines authentic human experiences.


The critique thus encapsulates a deep unsettlement with the path Starholder has chosen—a divergence from raw, unfiltered human nature to a commodified tableau where life’s impromptu sketches are edged out in favor of a polished, staged narrative of existence. Critics call for a reclamation of attention as an unmediated, natural stream of consciousness; one that does not need the validation of an art form to assert its value but stands as evidence of the simplest, purest expression of being alive. They advocate for a climate where attention is freed from the shackles of aesthetic standards and allowed to flow freely—as the unsung poetry of living itself.