Insomnia

/ All-night reading event

Materials: Various
Dimensions: Various

"For the past few decades, globally, many well-meaning but demoralized people, especially artists and intellectuals, but also activists, have been losing sleep. They suffer from a peculiarly debilitating activist insomnia consisting of relentless Facebook posting, forwarded petitions, and other rituals of narrowing particularity that have taken the place of heretical, insurrectionary, and transcendental visions. We are restless, exhausted through the operation of the worst, most damaging technique available to torturers: sleep deprivation. We could all do with a “sleep in” on the long night shifts. It appears as if there has been a generalized forgetting of the arts and sciences of dreaming, especially lucid dreaming. This makes it sobering, and even mildly therapeutic, to undertake a close reading of a different account of sleep, and of awakening […]."

Full article here.

Include individual reading, collective reading, reading by proxy.

Locations: 

Seoul: HBC event space

Readings on biphasic and polyphasic sleep.

“…before the Industrial Revolution, adults typically slept in two distinct phases, bridged by an intervening period of wakefulness of approximately one hour. This time was used to pray and reflect, and to interpret dreams, which were more vivid at that hour than upon waking in the morning. This was also a favourite time for scholars and poets to write uninterrupted, whereas still others visited neighbours, engaged in sexual activity, or committed petty crime.”
Ekirch, A. Roger (2005) At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. W.W. Norton

London: New Cross

Readings from 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

by Jonathan Crary