Sleeping Residency

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“Sleep [...] an entry point for artistic criticism of the world of work.”

Camille Richert

We sleep around the work we need to do, obligations we have. Around the stress of having to wake up because something needs to be done tomorrow. We don’t know what our natural sleeping rhythms are.

For a period of 1-month, we therefore resolve to prioritise sleep over work. We will work / create around sleeping, not sleep around working.

Taking back our right to sleep is more than just a personal exercise. It is a political act of resistance.

Claire Fontaine writes that the new and most efficient form of human strike will be “a psychosomatic transformation,” [...] the discovery of a new intimacy with ourselves that will make us resistant to cruelty and retaliation, freed from the need to follow instructions or leaders.”

It is through sleeping that we will awake!

This is our Manifesto (a rewrite of the 1914 Futurist Manifesto that glorified speed and restlessness).


SLEEPING RESIDENCY IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT OF IRA FERRIS AND TREVOR BROWN.
Trevor is a prolific sound artist, composer, and musician. Ira is as conceptual curator, dancer, writer and researcher. In 2019, they began collaborating on conceptual projects; this will be their second collaborative project.

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“Keep awake, keep awake, artist, Do not give in to sleep. . . You are eternity's hostage and prisoner of time.”

Boris Pasternak


TEXTS ABOUT SLEEP / READING LIST