The artists' aim is to sensitize people to the profound importance of sleep through performance, interactive art and network. The idea is to connect city sleep with networks and open data in order to create interactive poetic videos projected all around the city in
Walid Breidi’s work is mainly concentrated on the question of artist-spectator relationship and narrativity through digital techniques, while Virgile Novarina has devoted himself to the artistic exploration of his own sleep through writings and drawings. Sleep is something that, once we wake up, we forget all about and get ready for the day. But insomnia, unsatisfactory sleep, lack of sleep and stress is a 21st-century problem. Scientifically speaking, sleep is one of the states of consciousness that is most healing, creative, and productive. The five main brainwaves emitted all the time by the brain show different rates according to our states of consciousness: wake, sleep etc.
Sleep in the City aims to synthesize the profound importance of sleep through performance, interactive art and network. With Aarhus City Lab as tech partner, Sleep in the City connects city sleep with networks and open data in order to create interactive poetic videos projected all around the city in real-time during the participants’ sleep time. A dream atmosphere takes over the city at night by projecting videos taken during the day by participant citizens. Those videos are transformed, translated, and deformed by people’s sleep brainwaves, as well the ones from Virgile Novarina, who performs with voluntaries citizens that share their brainwaves.
Residency Mid-Term Video
Personal and the collective are linked in Sleep in the City. The artwork enquires how personal reads the collective and how it can invest public space. Data is used through the network as an inclusive experience between citizens by sharing one of the most universal of human action that is sleep, alongside city data, to recreate our vision of digital city space. The seven nights performance in Aarhus was an overcoming challenge for the artists. They got their way through new ways on city data and found new approaches for it Sleep in the City.
Performance during Aarhus IoT Week - June 2019