Filipa Ramos’ presentation continued this consideration of the desire for the physical, noting that most online formats now replicate the page, which leads to a printing out of the internet, rendering or translating it into a material state. In Looking at Something, Thinking of Something Else: Attention and Distraction in our Times of Screen Reading, Ramos observed that for millennia humans have been creating structures for capturing and sustaining attention, and the last two decades has seen a renegotiation of this as portable technology has replaced the in-person environment. Ramos has developed a new project for television which uses the format of the teleprompter to invite the audience to pay attention in a specific moment, challenging the static text status quo.
"TAKE precipitated a longtime dream to connect the stories and knowledge of artists, art historians, critics, curators, gallerists and administrators, without distinction, while evolving a language for art writing that could establish camaraderie between these various wheels that propel the arts forward. It eventually took form and took off into the art world’s orbit in 2009 with the mission to infuse conversation and discourse on the arts into the phantasmagoric shell that the boom had turned art into. TAKE was committed to being a platform for its readers and writers—far apart as they might be physically—to come together in the simultaneity of its pages. I wanted the journal to not just be the end result of the efforts of its contributors, but also be the friend and the mentor that I had sought while starting out—a witness and participant to coffee table discussions, tea stall banter and the wine and cheese of the white cube—in the formal, more accessible mode of a publication."
- Excerpt from the editorial by Bhavna Kakar