International 2011 Archives
Dump Time -
Shedhalle, Zurich (Switzerland).
This exhibition project will be concerned with the philosophical, critical and political aspects of sleep beyond ist pure biological fact.
We have become a sleepless society, we even speak of the 24 hours society. Thus, sleep represents the other side, the dark side of the daytime, with its ratio, economics, and business time. Sleep and dream have uncanny aspects, they deal with loss: loss of control, of subjectivity; they are about devotion, about becoming other. In this sense sleep is similar to the experience of passages, like death, hallucination, or being high. With these archaic and mythic dimensions, sleep represents something totally different to modern time, which is always experienced as an awakened alert time. It is something horizontal, it rejects our projections of the subject as a standing vertical "man", like a rock. But it also contradicts our ideas of political and activist action and agency: How can sleepers change the world?
With this project, we want to think about these unproductive, senseless, and mad dimensions of sleep and their effects on our daily life. The sleeping ego cannot be controlled. Thus, we say, sleep contains recalcitrant, and critical moments. A passive way of resistance though, rather distinguished by deprivation, failure, or disobedience than revolution.
Exhibition 5 March – 15 May 2011. Shedhalle Zurich, Seestrasse 395 -
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Stefan Panhans, If A Store Clerk Gave Me Too Much Change, 2009.
Video. Shedhalle Zurich.
It was these critical, political and even revolutionary dimensions of sleep and dream, which were important for the surrealists, and their poetics of sleeping and dreaming. Walter Benjamin precisely recognised and described this deeply critical aspect of the surrealistic artistic practises and their political ideologies.
In our project, we refer to these critical ideas, and try to adapt them to our after modern, neoliberal 24 hours society. We want to know if the idea of sleep as opposed to the dominant fiction of the always-
Participating Artists: KünstlerInnen/Artists: Alex Antener, Igor und Ivan Buharov, Cristina David, Johanna Domke, Factory of Found Clothes/Gluklya, Eiko Grimberg, Yolande Harris, Petra Elena Köhle/ Nicolas Vermot Petit-
Curators: Anke Hoffmann and Yvonne Volkart, Shedhalle