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Join The Watermill Center for an intimate evening with our Artists-in-Residence!


Explore the work of Artists-in-Residence ESTAR(SER) as they discuss their upcoming show at the Fyre Museum, exploring the history and aesthetic practices of attention.

Viewpoints is The Watermill Center’s year-round conversation series, granting art enthusiasts the opportunity to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the contemporary moment. Viewpoints engages with the community through intriguing dialogue, artist talks, and lectures that span across disciplines.


ESTAR(SER) is an international research collective concerned with the history—and the mythology—of attention. Recent work includes: “All Senses on the Qui Vive,” 33rd São Paulo Biennial (2018); “El Halo del Cuidar,” Reina Sofia, Madrid (2019); “The Dance of Attention,” Glasgow International (2020/21); and “The Milcom Memorial Reading Room and Attention Library,” Mana Contemporary and the Monir Foundation, Jersey City (2022). Other installations, performances, and lectures have taken place at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Manifesta (Zurich), MoMA PS1 (New York), the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), and elsewhere. Associates of ESTAR(SER) collaborate on various publications, for instance: “Presenting and Representing the ‘W-Cache,’” Proceedings of the Esthetical Society, New Series, Part VII Supplement (2016): 1-81; and, most recently, the edited volume In Search of the Third Bird (London: Strange Attractor, 2021). The collective’s exhibition, “THE THIRD, MEANING,” at the Frye Museum (Seattle) will run from October 2022 to October 2023.

At The Watermill Center, two ESTAR(SER) researchers, D. Graham Burnett and Hermione Spriggs will convene a weeklong retreat/residency for a working group of collaborators: “Wondergraphic Distraction: Choreographies of Centripetal Attention.”

D. Graham Burnett is based in New York City, and works at the intersection of historical inquiry and artistic practice. Hermione Spriggs is a London-based artist, researcher, and exhibition-maker who explores practical methods for perspective-exchange.


All attendees must be fully vaccinated, and present proof of vaccination during check-in. Those unable to show proof of vaccination will be turned away. For the foreseeable future, unvaccinated children are unable to attend. Masks are required indoors.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for the check-in process.

The Watermill Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons and artists with disabilities. For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please email us at [email protected].

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