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 Shu Lea Cheang+Matthew Fuller 


 Therapy, voice, wave, visual, sound, body, text, book,    
 read, recite, talk, debate, cook, brew, sip, drink, move, still, wheel, 
 play, mosquito, sleepy, sleep    
 Art Space II, 1F   

Art for sleepers, art by sleepers and art as sleep.

Sleep79 runs for 79 days. It ask, “How can we have an aesthetics of sleep”?

What does it imply to have an aesthetic relation to the world without being awake? Art, attending to which usually implies being alert, but which also has a long history of working with the everyday, the mundane, the bodily, and the imperceptible or intuitive is one resource here. Equally, how might we rework things that are often outside of art, such as medical processes, or brewing, so that new conditions for sleep arise?

These 79 days of sleep work with some of the following approaches:

Projects that work over a period of time involve variation in waking state and provide a terrain for moving across from wakefulness to sleep, with soundscapes and language to accompany and texture it.

Refine everyday activities such as the making and taking of food and drink, the doing of exercise and movement, by transposing them into an art context.

We seek an imagination of what the institution might look like were it to recompose itself in relationship to other kinds of bodily state.

What archives of sleep can we find in film, books, sound and art? What records are made by and of sleepers? We work with sleep science to create an archive of records of sleep made with sensors, graphs, numbers, and so on.

We open the question of the organism up to experiment and enquiry. Sleep can be understood as placing us in a position of vulnerability; something we share with the nonhuman participants in the world and a valuable condition from which to think and to act.

Shu Lea Cheang

As an artist and filmmaker, Cheang works with a range of art media and film formats, including installation, performance, net art, public art, and mobile web serial. Her work BRANDON (1998-1999) was the first Guggenheim Museum web art commission/acquisition. In 2018, she participated in the Gwangju Biennale and Taipei Biennial. Cheang will hold a solo exhibition in the Taiwan Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2019.

Matthew Fuller

Professor of Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and an author known for writings in media theory, software studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and contemporary fiction, Fuller is also an artist collaborating with numerous groups. Publications include Media Ecologies: Materialist Energies in Art and Technoculture and, with Andrew Goffey, Evil Media, andHow to Sleep: The Art, Biology and Culture of Unconsciousness, which provides an initial starting point for the Sleep79 project

Architectural design|B. K. Yeh
Architectural construction | Electric Light Culture & Creative Co., Ltd

- Mobile SleeperBased on a style of design inherited from ancient times, the classic working class transport of Taiwan, this three-wheeler is able to offer sleep at a range of inclines or for the occupant to lie flat. It can be used by one or two people to lie down, and allows for some more users when they are perched around the edge. The Mobile Sleeper is designed for Sleep79 as a way of thinking mobility and the way in which sleeping audiences might interact with the events of which they are part.

Sleep-enhancing Drinks
- Herb tea maker|Lin Chih-Yu (Weed Day)

Deep in the mountain and wilderness, people embrace nature and the weeds of nature embrace people. Bursting with vitality, the weeds can be made into herbal tea. We are surrounded by nature, each square of land, each weed, bears a character of its own. Observing the conditions of plants and soil, Weed Day collects, selects, cuts, dries and makes the weeds into a pot of tea. The sweet and mellow tastes of the weed teas relax us and relieve our anxieties. Two weed teas for a taste of the city are offered "Solemn Silence" made from the weeds growing around the C-LAB and "Hustle and Bustle" picked from sidewalks.

- Schlafgutbier v.2 Ho-Wa-Kuenbeer|Alechemist

Alechemist are a renowned small brewery based in Taipei who have a keen interest in the relationship of plants and agriculture to beer. Having reintroducing the agricultural growing of barley to Taiwan, they are active in finding local plants that make complex flavors. This “Schlafgutbier” (v.1 was produced for Sleep48 in Linz, Austria by Thor brau and Stadtwerkstadt) uses the bitter flavors of Siberian Ginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus a plant used for centuries in Asia for its fortifying properties.

Works on show throughout Sleep79
- Sakiko Yamaoka
Best Place to Sleep, Tokyo, 2007, video
Video documents of guerrilla performances of sleep in the ATM foyer of a Tokyo bank. It shows one of many sleep actions carried out by Yamaoka at this time. Their redistribution of the public and private, political and biological produce highly condensed evocations of contemporary life.

The Art of Sleep, (Beirut Version) 2018, video
This characteristically text-only video is an insomniac's reverie that solves some of the major conundrums of our time. Watch it and grow wise.

- Matthew Fuller
Heroes of Sleep, 2018, photographs and documents
A collection of photographs and documents and an accompanying text on the durational work of early key figures in Twentieth Century Sleep Science.

- Sleep Archive
A small library of key texts from medical science, history, literature, art, philosophy and cultural theory. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to read these texts at their leisure.


- Readings for Sleeping
This weekly event will examine the relationship between sleep and text. Artists and professionals in various fields will be invited to “read” soporific texts – such as code, philosophy, literature, diaries, manuals, and laws – in low, flat, mechanical, solemn, and unnatural tones. After each recital, the members of the audience who surrender to sleep will be documented to reflect the connection between each text and sleep. These efforts will not enhance the message conveyed by the text but rather they will expand on a traditional use of text; when read aloud, texts can induce sleep giving them new meaning. 

- Sanatorium for Information Shock-Workers
These events seek to reinterpret Konstantin Melnikov’s plan for the building Sonata of Sleep. Melnikov, an architect during the Soviet era and after, believed sleep was the foundation of health and proposed to build a multi-sensory dormitory that used relaxing and soothing sounds to improve the quality of sleep for the shock-workers of the first five year plan. The architectural scheme was never realized in Melnikov’s lifetime. Now, Taiwan-based sound artists participating in this project will reconstruct Melnikov’s concept and build a sound sanatorium for workers who are exhausted by the constant bombardment of information in this post-industrial era.  

- Sleep with Mosquito
Call for participants! We cordially invite you to seize this rare opportunity for sleeping in the outdoor area of the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Laboratory (C-LAB). Participants are allowed to sleep quovis modo outside the former Air Force General Command Headquarters so long as they feel warm and safe (yet tents are forbidden), whether they attempt to sleep better, sleep for sleep’s sake, sleep in on the next day, suffer from insomnia, or perform an alternative sleeping action for the project Sleep79.  

- Is Your Bed My Bed? In collaboration with a professional sleep management team, participants will be divided into groups according to their preferred sleep-aid strategies, ideas or patterns that will be subsequently analyzed by clinical psychologist Wu Chia-Shuo and psychologist Tsai Yu-Che. The chronic insomnia rampant in the present day will also be addressed through game-based interaction.  

- Work out Your Sleep Neurons
Based on interviews with a physical therapist, a yoga instructor, a dancer, a masseur, and specialists in sleep management about their understanding of the interplay between sleep, body and motion, artist Liu Chih-Hung has developed a series of physical movements with illustrations based on the connection between physical act and mental state, allowing the participants to “activate their sleep neurons” in different forms.

- Avatar Sleep
Computer games have different roles for sleep and the places of sleep.  In most games, sleep does not appear at all. In other cases, games assign key roles to, for instance, the bed as a place for re-spawning. In some other games, only non-player characters sleep. A few games establish sleep as a key part of the play-cycle.
In this event, we invite game players to bring their equipment and to perform sleep within the limits of their favorite game. Sleep may be paradoxical and it may be peaceful. C-Lab will be filled with the virtual slumber of avatars. All are invited to bring a game and to perform its version of sleep from sunset to sunrise.  

* The organizer reserves the right to modify or cancel the event.

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