Exercise of Attention is an exercise for people who stutter, used every day to relax their speech apparatus and to train body and speech control. The stutterer ‘sings’ words by singing individual letters and ‘writing’ them in the air. Each ascending and descending line consists of eight tones in duration of two seconds per tone. This exercise emphasizes on controlling different aspects of body and speech apparatus at the same time, paying attention to timing, pitch, hand movement, control of lips, visualization of letters and words etc.
Deriving from his personal experience as stutterer as well as an artist, Kleindienst points out the dominance of form over context in contemporary art system and society in general, where social skills and representation often produce more personal and professional success than contextually relevant production. The video Exercise of Attention shows the artist practicing the speech exercise in order to improve his rhetorical skills (rather than, for example focusing on practicing skills that would contribute to production of a better artwork), while at the same time giving a statement on the respective issue (‘art is form’).
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