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Curated by: Lýdia Pribišová

The show

Thursday 7 November 2019 the collective exhibition of the artists Julia Gryboś / Barbora Zentková (Poland, 1988 / Slovakia, 1986), Martin Kohout (Czech Republic, 1984) and Ben Landau (Australia, 1985) entitled "What is happening with sleep today? ", curated by Lýdia Pribišová , recently co-curator of the 12th Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania.

The exhibition places sleep and its possible but at the same time impossible commercial use in today's society at the center of its reflections, taking its cue from the text of the art historian and essayist Jonathan Crary 24/7: Capitalism in the assault of sleep , in open controversy with the dehumanizing conditions dictated by neoliberalism and non-stop productivity, which pushes towards a life without pauses and a sort of 'global half-sleep'. A condition that is redesigning the notion of temporality, outlining new and very dangerous strategies for the surveillance of individual subjectivities, which undermine the possibility of political expressions and individual dissent.

The artistic duo Julia Gryboś and Barbora Zentková creates a completely site specific environment entitled The Shallow Sleep of Emergency Mode II which is also a sound installation. With their work, the artists tackle the most tangible and sensorial aspect that surrounds the culture of sleep, inserting metal and fabric elements into the space - reminiscent of the bed - and an immersive meditative sound at low frequencies that invites you to rest but, at the same time, it also evokes the feeling of anxiety that accompanies insomnia and which is the side effect of accelerating our pace of life. The fragmentation of the installation reflects the increasingly gradual decomposition of sleep in today's life and questions - as well as the works of Martin Kohout and Ben Landau - whether or not sleep is still the last bastion of human activity not subject to monitoring. external.

The film Slides by Martin Kohout is part of an ongoing research project on the problems determining night work, the different phases of sleep, its alterations, the daily and increasingly absolute use of new technologies, our sensory and sensory reactions. mental to try to live with this future that is already around us.

Ben Landau presents   the multimedia installation Sleeper Cells , an experimental project that investigates the incidence of sleep in contemporary society: sleeping and the subsequent dreaming open a connection with the unconscious now neglected by our hyper-fast and hyper-real world, acting as a last bastion of freedom from the incessant rhythms of work. Sleeper Cells analyzes different situations where people shy away from the conscious dimension preferring to explore the unknown worlds of their mind .

The exhibition was created with the support of the Slovak Art Council , Faculty of Fine Arts UT and the Polish Institute of Rome . Thanks to the Tenute dei Fratelli Ciotola and their Torleanzi wines for the tasting offered on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition. recently co-curator of the 12th Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania.

The exhibition places sleep and its possible but at the same time impossible commercial use in today's society at the center of its reflections, taking its cue from the text of the art historian and essayist Jonathan Crary 24/7: Capitalism in the assault of sleep , in open controversy with the dehumanizing conditions dictated by neoliberalism and non-stop productivity, which pushes towards a life without pauses and a sort of 'global half-sleep'. A condition that is redesigning the notion of temporality, outlining new and very dangerous strategies for the surveillance of individual subjectivities, which undermine the possibility of political expressions and individual dissent.

The artistic duo Julia Gryboś and Barbora Zentková creates a completely site specific environment entitled The Shallow Sleep of Emergency Mode II which is also a sound installation. With their work, the artists tackle the most tangible and sensorial aspect that surrounds the culture of sleep, inserting metal and fabric elements into the space - reminiscent of the bed - and an immersive meditative sound at low frequencies that invites you to rest but, at the same time, it also evokes the feeling of anxiety that accompanies insomnia and which is the side effect of accelerating our pace of life. The fragmentation of the installation reflects the increasingly gradual decomposition of sleep in today's life and questions - as well as the works of Martin Kohout and Ben Landau - whether or not sleep is still the last bastion of human activity not subject to monitoring. external.

The film Slides by Martin Kohout is part of an ongoing research project on the problems determining night work, the different phases of sleep, its alterations, the daily and increasingly absolute use of new technologies, our sensory and sensory reactions. mental to try to live with this future that is already around us.

Ben Landau presents the multimedia installation Sleeper Cells , an experimental project that investigates the incidence of sleep in contemporary society: sleeping and the subsequent dreaming open a connection with the unconscious now neglected by our hyper-fast and hyper-real world, placing itself as a last bastion of freedom from the incessant rhythms of work. Sleeper Cells analyzes different situations where people shy away from the conscious dimension preferring to explore the unknown worlds of their mind.

The exhibition was created with the support of the Slovak Art Council, Faculty of Fine Arts UT and the Polish Institute of Rome.

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