A Manifesto for the Freedom of Attention

On ZOOM:   Join us for the first in the ATTENTION SERIES program of Second Saturday events:   A special program of performances, conversations, events and workshops centering on ATTENTION, presented by associates of the “Friends of Attention” collective. From the politics of algorithms to the aesthetics of dreams, from...


The Cinema of Attention


On ZOOM:   Join us for the first in the ATTENTION SERIES program of Second Saturday events.   Using a curated sequence of classic cinema scenes, LA-based filmmaker and activist LANE STROUD will awaken the eye and dramatize the moving camera as an attentional instrument. How has...




To be inside while “listening out” the window is a form of awareness both receptive and reaching — part daydream, part animal alertness. In a live, meditative, essay-performance, artist and writer SAL RANDOLPH will share a sonic windowscape, invoking the intimate modalities of aural attention...


Jonas Mekas: Open Archives

ABOUT OPEN ARCHIVES Presented via email newsletter, a weekly glimpse into the personal archives of the late filmmaker and artist Jonas Mekas, who for over eight decades chronicled his life with typewriter and camera. Ranging from ephemera to video diaries, unseen letters to newly transferred...



Monira Mondays at Mana with Machine!   Writing in The New Yorker, Hilton Als called him the artist behind of "some of the most inventive costumes and sets I have ever seen." Machine Dazzle's creations have adorned icons from Taylor Mac to Cara Delevingne. And now this maximalist-surrealist...



Get the jump on Valentine’s Day by joining Monira for an online private screening of OTHER BODIES, an edgy fairy-tale of unsuppressed desires and multiple misreadings. Eros vies with Thanatos in this short film by 2021 Sundance Lab writer/director Alyssa Loh and cinematographer Izik Alequin....


The Tales Told from Fold-Out Chairs & in heaven’s wakanda


Join us for a Virtual Exhibition Tour featuring a conversation with Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor. Followed by live performances by the two exhibiting artists: Azikiwe Mohammed and Rashad Wright. Image courtesy of Azikiwe Mohammed

The COMMUNITY Table: Wine Tasting

Join us from your living room for a special wine-tasting event benefiting our Spring food drive, which aims to provide relief from food insecurity in Jersey City.   Niche vintners Iconic Wines will conduct a private virtual tour of their Sonoma, California winery before a...


PULLING PUNCHES: Attention, Capital, Labor


  Digital hypercapitalism is currently fracking living humans for every last drop of their monetizable attention. Join representatives of the “Anti-Capitalist Working Group” of the Friends of Attention, for a report on the prospects of an “Attention Liberation Front,” and the screening of a new...


My Truth


Monira Foundation Virtual Stage presents My Truth: an evening of performances for Instagram Live, featuring Miriam Parker with Merche Blasco, Rashad Wright and Rijah. The event accompanies an exhibition of 19 female-identifying and non-binary emerging and mid-career artists, organized by Mashonda Tifrere and hosted by...

PEGASUS: Baroque Reverberations – Chamber Series


Pegasus presents some of the most innovative Baroque masterpieces for violin, flute and harpsichord. Featuring principals Edson Scheid (violin), Kaori Fujii (flute) with founder and artistic director, Karén Hakobyan (harpsichord).     *Stream Premiere Date – Friday April 9th, 2021 8:00 PM – Approximate run time...

MYTHO-LOGICKING:  Logic, Sound, and the Body


MYTHO-LOGICKING:  Logic, Sound, and the Body 10 April 2021 – 6 pm EDT How does rationality feel? Can analytic abstraction touch our flesh? Can it be sensed? Working with sound, artist/scholar Anya Yermakova stages somatic encounters with non-Aristotelian logic. Join Monira and the Friends of...