Current Residencies

Aarhus City Lab


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Walid Breidi
Connecting sleepers together through city network, to create a collective interactive visual art transmitted in real time in the city.
Walid Breidi

Walid’s work is mainly concentrated on the question of artist-spectator relationship and narrativity through spontaneous gestural interactivity using digital techniques. The gesture of the spectator or the actor then becomes the source of a visual, sound, and narrative universes. Walid’s work has been shown in Europe, the United States, Canada, Africa, and Singapore.

Virgile has devoted himself to the artistic exploration of his own sleep through writings and drawings. He has published six books entitled \"Ecrits et dessins de nuit\". During the “En Somme” series of performances, he sleeps publicly in shop windows, galleries or museums. Virgile has exhibited his work in France, Germany, Portugal and the United States.

Sleep in the City

In science we know of five main brainwaves that our brain emits all the time. These brainwaves are active at different rates according to our states of consciousness: wake, sleep etc. Sleep is something we do because we have to, once we wake up, we forget all about it and get ready for the day. Sleep takes time from our work time and leisure time. Insomnia, unsatisfactory sleep, lack of sleep and stress is a 21st century problem. We know however that scientifically sleep is one of the states of consciousness that is most healing, creative, and productive.

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 real time during the participants’ sleep time. We want to create a dream atmosphere in the city at night by projecting videos of the city taken during the day but transformed, translated, and deformed by people’s sleep brainwaves. Virgile Novarina will perform the opening night. For the following nights there will be several participants from the city.

Aarhus City Lab

The concept of a Smart City can be hard to make tangible for citizens. This means that solutions/experiments within this space do not create the intended impact because citizens living and working in the city are not engaged. Aarhus has a broader and more citizen-centric perspective on what a Smart City is and can be. Aarhus City Lab is intended to be the meeting place for these co-created and engaging urban experiments, artworks and solutions. How can art help realize this vision? How can a seemingly non-technology enabled public space engage citizens into the concept of a Smart City?

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Sleep in the City
Walid Breidi
Connecting sleepers together through city network, to create a collective interactive visual art transmitted in real time in the city.
The artwork

In science we know of five main brainwaves that our brain emits all the time. These brainwaves are active at different rates according to our states of consciousness: wake, sleep etc. Sleep is something we do because we have to, once we wake up, we forget all about it and get ready for the day. Sleep takes time from our work time and leisure time. Insomnia, unsatisfactory sleep, lack of sleep and stress is a 21st century problem. We know however that scientifically sleep is one of the states of consciousness that is most healing, creative, and productive.

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 real time during the participants’ sleep time. We want to create a dream atmosphere in the city at night by projecting videos of the city taken during the day but transformed, translated, and deformed by people’s sleep brainwaves. Virgile Novarina will perform the opening night. For the following nights there will be several participants from the city.

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About the artist
Walid Breidi

Walid’s work is mainly concentrated on the question of artist-spectator relationship and narrativity through spontaneous gestural interactivity using digital techniques. The gesture of the spectator or the actor then becomes the source of a visual, sound, and narrative universes. Walid’s work has been shown in Europe, the United States, Canada, Africa, and Singapore.

Virgile has devoted himself to the artistic exploration of his own sleep through writings and drawings. He has published six books entitled \"Ecrits et dessins de nuit\". During the “En Somme” series of performances, he sleeps publicly in shop windows, galleries or museums. Virgile has exhibited his work in France, Germany, Portugal and the United States.

The technology
Sleep in the City

Connecting sleepers together through city network, to create a collective interactive visual art transmitted in real time in the city.

About the residency

The concept of a Smart City can be hard to make tangible for citizens. This means that solutions/experiments within this space do not create the intended impact because citizens living and working in the city are not engaged. Aarhus has a broader and more citizen-centric perspective on what a Smart City is and can be. Aarhus City Lab is intended to be the meeting place for these co-created and engaging urban experiments, artworks and solutions. How can art help realize this vision? How can a seemingly non-technology enabled public space engage citizens into the concept of a Smart City?