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Sleepy Politics

How to learn about conviviality and alternative life forms through sleep

Event Label
Organisational Units
Exhibit Gallery
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3, 1. floor
Location ZIP and/or City (1)
1010 Vienna

Opening times
Daily except Mondays
10–18 h

An exhibition curated by Francesca Romana Audretsch and Lotti Brockmann.

With contributions by: Black Power Naps (Fannie Sosa & Niv Acosta), Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun & Osman Özarslan, Hannah Cooke, Emil Frederking & Geppert, Inside Job (Ula Lucińska & Michał Knychaus), Jannis Neumann, Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda, Unstable Bodies (Christian Freude, Christina Jauernik, Johann Lurf, Jonathan Moser, Fabian Puttinger, Rüdiger Suppin), Anna Watzinger

Stella Geppert, IMMERSION (collective)
Schlafperformance, 45-55 min
Imprint on silicon, pillows

Stella Geppert uses the traces of the imprint of their sleep as a platform for the performance. The pillow-like artificial cushions are very fragile so the artist sways herself between falling and carefully floating into sleep. Her sleepiness slowly spreads through the space. The duration of the performance works with the collective moment of tiredness, transmitted from one person to another.

According to sleep research, humans sleep through ⅓ of their lifetime. This statement can be quite sobering when capitalism perceives individual time as a resource, diminishing our sleep phases further and further. The sleeping body becomes a lazy antagonist and the otherwise hard-working body appears useless in the neoliberal ideology. The resulting societal and collective disease patterns are the symptom of a burnt-out and exhausted world.

Together with eleven artistic positions the exhibition Sleepy Politics – How to learn about conviviality and alternative life forms through sleep embarks on a sleepy fieldtrip for new ways of living and solidarity-based forms of togetherness. In the spheres of possibility between sleep, society, and nature, for us, the curators Francesca Romana Audretsch and Lotti Brockmann, the exhibition Sleepy Politics is a lullaby yet a wakeup call from deep sleep. The exhibition offers a platform for an artistic discourse, addressing the multi-faceted appearance of sleeping bodies.

The human need for sleep is dependent on the social and economic accesses to active life. In this way, the question of sleep simultaneously addresses the question of justice and challenges the validity of privileges and hierarchical norms within our society. For the curators, sleeping is a communication form of perceptible care, which arises from methods of collective imagination, intimate transformation, and diverse regeneration. The curatorial practice is understood as a lying act with a horizontal gaze that interweaves artistic positions and searches for alliances. Different themes like radical rest, restless sleep, colonialised sleep, interspecies sleep, repair and sleep, sleep deprivation, queering sleep, non-human sleep, politics of laziness, sleeping resistance, or sleep deprivation and much more open up spaces for thought and action through artistic explorations. The artistic positions make the exhibition a place of encounter for sleep and awakening, rest and movement, dreamlike absence and constant disposition. Therefore, sleep becomes a scene for debating political affairs and practices of resistance. Thus, a space is created where the emancipatory shaping of conviviality is negotiated under the conditions of social, ecological, and political crises.

Free admission

Student employees of the Art Information Team are available to answer questions about the exhibitions.

The exhibition space is barrier-free accessible via the entrance Makartgasse 6 by lift.

In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Wien as part of the exhibition  In the meantime, midday comes around

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