ESTAR(SER) — The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society for Esthetic Realizers) — is a private, dedicated body of amateurs, scholars, and interested parties who concern themselves with the historicity of The Order of the Third Bird. This community of researchers works to sift evidences of Bird-like attentional practices in the historical record, and to present those evidences to critical readers. In this project ESTAR(SER) is fortunate to be in possession of a vast (possibly infinite) body of source materials — known as “The W-Cache” — which appears to have been assembled by an aspiring historian of the Order seeking to write a comprehensive history of the Birds. He or she did not succeed, but bequeathed to the Society a valuable and diverse archive. The academicians of ESTAR(SER) have made it their business, over the years, to publish critical editions of these primary sources, materials that see print in the Proceedings of ESTAR(SER).



A number of ESTAR(SER)-affiliated individuals will be participating in a three-day symposium on PRACTICES OF ATTENTION taking place on November 16-18 as part of the 33rd São Paulo Biennial. ESTAR(SER) has received a number of credible reports of Birdish activities in the São Paulo region of Brazil, and connections between the work of the Order and the protocol-driven programming of the Biennial have been the subject of some speculation. Denser-than-usual aggregations of individuals with Bird tendencies are foreseen in São Paulo in the week of 16 November. If you have relevant information (or seek same), consider an email to:

esthetical [dot] society [at] gmail [dot] com



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Presenting and Representing the W-Cache
(a monographic supplement to the Proceedings)

“Milcom the Metagnome” 
(a pamphlet supplement to the Proceedings)

Appareil Card

Appareil Card (French)

Appareil Card – Insert (all languages)

Nachtigall Card 

Nachtigall Card (Turkish)

Narma Card

Coffey Card (French)

Ketchem Card

Rossignol Card

Kakitsubata Card

Ikebana Card

Vater Card

Hale Card

Kittiwake Card

Oannes Card

Pomagello Card

Pomagello Card (Spanish)

Rülek Card

Rülek Card (French)

Rülek Card (Korean)

B.B. Chamberlin Distinguished Lecture, 2017
(a pamphlet-program supplement to the Proceedings)

Proceedings Offprint: “The Cleremont Connection”

Proceedings Offprint: “Dearest E”

Proceedings Offprint: “The Lyell Slip”



The Milcom Memorial Reading Room (CURRENTLY ON VIEW)

The Milcom Shelfmark (CURRENTLY ON VIEW)

The Blow Bequest: Proposals Solicited for Grants-in-Aid

A Brief Introduction to the History of ESTAR, SER, and Their Unions

A Clarification on the Topic of Secretaries



“All Senses on the Qui Vive
– 16 November 2018, 5-7:30 pm, 33rd São Paulo Biennial, Brazil 




“‘The Milcom Memorial Reading Room and Attention Library: OPEN HOUSE”
– Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

‘The Goodway Speeches”
– Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg, NY


“‘Polishing the Spectacle of Myself'”
– Arts Initiative Tokyo

“Participatory Ethnography of the Object”
– Social Saturday, Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg, NY

“‘It’s not the thing, but the way you thing it’: An Introduction to the Work of ESTAR(SER)”
– Museo Tamayo, Mexico City


“The Oannes Scrap: The Hydrographic Habitus and Sea-Surface Attention”
– The Kochi Biennial (Kerala, India)

WOUND: Mending Time and Attention 
– 41 Cooper Gallery, NYC

“The Nachtigall Plot: Figuration and Incarnation in the Prosphorion” 
– e-flux, NYC 

-The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

“The Ketchem Screen: Recovering the Dynamics of Centripetal Attention”  
-Cabaret der Künstler / Zunfthaus Voltaire, MANIFESTA 2016 (Zurich)

“The Fitzwilliam Schism: Attentional Practice and Practical Criticism in the Interwar”
-Social Saturday, Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg, NY

“Le Rite De L’Appareil: la Boîte, la Nuit, et le Photograph”
-Écologies de L’Attention, Centre Culturel International de Cerisy (France)

“The Trochilus Exercise: Marton Bialek and the Ecstasy of the Rülek Scrolls”
-Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, South Korea 

“The Boğaziçi Rolls: Erich Auerbach and Practical Figuration in Istanbul, circa 1943”
– SALT (Galata), Istanbul


“The Work of Art as Technical Image”
– Without Firm Ground: Vilém Flusser and the Arts (Akademie der Künste, Berlin)

“Le souci de soi chez les Oiseaux: Considérations foucauldiennes à propos de la cache « Coffey»”
– International Domestic Exhibitions by Affinity – Zelarrayan, Paris

“The Nachtigall Convolute: Techniques of Metempsychotic Figuration and the Matter of Lost Objects”
-The Leventritt Lecture, Harvard University Art Museums

“‘I AM NOT A FLOWER’: Margaret Preston, Félix Régamey, and Metempsychotic Ikebana, ca 1930”
 – Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago 

“The Kittiwake Dossier: Flocking, Flight, and Failure in Interwar Paris” 
– Andquestionmark, Stockholm, Sweden 

“Temporary Metempsychosis May Occur”
– PARSE Biennial, Gothenburg, Sweden

“The Order of the Order: Mad Love and Failures of Conveyance in Interwar Paris”
– Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania

“MET-HIM-PIKE-HOSES: The Greer Fragments and the Literature of Amphibious Ecstasy in the Americas, 1948-1962″
– Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg, NY

“The Order on Display: Inyard Kip Ketchem (1847-1919), The Man Who Made Attention Pay”
– Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

“El Documento de Pomagello: Aldous Huxley y la metempsicosis de los Pájaros”
– Departamento de Arte, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires

“Madame Banksia: Margaret Preston’s Flower Gazing and the Japonist Protocols of Régamey”
– Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

“Madame Banksia: Margaret Preston’s Flower Gazing and the Japonist Protocols of Régamey”
– Raygun Projects, Toowoomba

“Madame Banksia: Margaret Preston’s Flower Gazing and the Japonist Protocols of Régamey”
– RMIT, Melbourne

“‘Is Lying There’: The Hale Experiments and Object-Oriented Ventriloquy in the Cold War”
– The New Museum R&D Seminar, New York

“The Narma Tapes: Polyphony and Politics in the Postwar”
– Art in General & Vera List Center (“What Now? The Politics of Listening”), New York

“Philistine Aesthetics: How the Philistine Entered the Humanities Through a German Door”
– American University Beirut, Beirut

“Re-reading the Hale Experiments: Object-Oriented Ventriloquy in the Cold War”
– Keynote: Hybrid Practices, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence

“The Pomagello Document: Considerations, Animadversions, Reconsiderations, etc.”
– Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont


“Prosopopoeia as Protocol: The Hale Experiments and Object-Oriented Ventriloquy 
during the Cold War”
– RISD Museum, Providence, RI 

-Le souci de soi chez les Oiseaux: Considérations foucauldiennes à propos de la cache « Coffey»”
– Centre Pompidou,  Paris 

“If These Stones Could Talk: The Hale Transcripts and Cold War Tactical Prosopopetics”
– Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg, NY

“The Pomagello Document: Considerations, Animadversions, Reconsiderations, Etc.”
– Guggenheim Museum, New York

“The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door”
– MoMA PS1, New York

“The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door”
– with Family Business at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

“Fix Your Eyes Right Here!”
– with Family Business at Chalet Society, Paris”


The Pomagello Document: Considerations, Animadversions, Reconsiderations, Etc.”
– Contemporary Issues (“People’s Art Center”), MoMA, New York

“The Pomagello Document: Considerations, Animadversions, Reconsiderations, Etc.”
– Dairy Art Centre, London


“Further Research on the Fascicle of E”
– Harvard University, Cambridge

“The Order of the Third Bird: Documents and Considerations”
– Bard Graduate Center, New York


To contact ESTAR (SER): inquiries [at] estarser [dot] net


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