…. for each sleep is the true practice of hope, a long training at emancipation and freedom
– El Wardany, H. (2017) Book of Sleep. Cairo, Egypt: Al-Karma Books
Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life takes a close look at contemporary politics of sleep and asks whether we can reclaim sleep and dreaming from the clutches of late capitalism. In Jonathan Crary’s book ‘24/7: Terminal Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep ‘, sleep has been turned into a resource, tied to production, consumption, warfare and biopolitics. We are simultaneously enticed to sleep less and to sleep productively. Contemporary cultural practice mimics this trend with sleep performances, sleep hotels, sleep music.
Can sleep instead be configured as a radical, subversive activity? Can the act of dreaming, sleep’s correlate, be imagined a political deed? If sleep were to obstruct the cycle of capitalist production and social reproduction, would the sleeper be able to dream up a better life, a better future?
Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life brings together artists from all walks of life and artworks from diverse cultural backgrounds in order to start understanding how we might share agency in a future politics of sleep. Concurrently, the curatorial model of the exhibition series is based on a much- needed ecology of scale. Starting with next to no budget and working with the smallest of institutions, the first exhibitions are conceived as sketches to be fleshed out, gaining momentum over the next couple of years.
The series was opened with 21 artists at Yellow Brick, Athens, in July 2018. The exhibition at lítost will host 29 positions, before continuing on to the Institute for Provocation, Beijing in October 2018.
Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life includes a performance by Anna Daučíková that will be held outside of the Swiss Embassy, Pevnostní 7, Střešovice, Prague the night before the opening on 30 August 2018 from 10pm and a performance by Gangart at lítost during the preview.
|Artist||Florencia Almirón, Clara Amaral, Ibon Aranberri, Alaa Abu Asad, Zbyněk Baladrán, Matthijs de Bruijne, Livio Casanova, Ulufer Çelik, Agata Cieślak, Chris Curreri, Danica Dakić, Anna Daučíková, Teresa Distelberger, Ines Doujak, Nikos Doulos, Gangart, Tina Gverović, Dominique Hurth, Luis Jacob, Sanne Kabalt, Gülsün Karamustafa, Alejandra Riera, Annette Ruenzler, Jürgen Stollhans, Isabelle Sully, Leeron Tur-Kaspa, Simon Wachsmuth, Baha Görkem Yalım, Zheng Mahler|
|Exhibition||Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life|
|Place / venue||lítost, Prague|
|Dates||august 31 - September 28, 2018|
|Curated by||Ruth Noack|
|Index||Agata Cieślak Alaa Abu Asad Alejandra Riera Anna Daučíková Annette Ruenzler Baha Görkem Yalım Chris Curreri Clara Amaral Danica Dakić Dominique Hurth Florencia Almirón Gangart Gülsün Karamustafa Ibon Aranberri Ines Doujak Isabelle Sully Jürgen Stollhans Leeron Tur-Kaspa Livio Casanova Luis Jacob Matthijs de Bruijne Nikos Doulos Ruth Noack Sanne Kabalt Simon Wachsmuth Teresa Distelberger Tina Gverović Ulufer Çelik Zbyněk Baladrán Zheng Mahler|