À temps et À Contre-Temps - Freedom of Sleep
Freedom of Sleep is an interdisciplinary project that explores the desynchronisation between our bodies and society. Curated by Anabelle Lacroix, the project takes place within the framework of an 11-month residency at the Fondation Fiminco. The project will conclude with an exhibition À temps et À Contre-Temps: towards a Freedom of Sleep between the 7th and the 31st May 2021.
The project aims to explore the night time, and insomnia, as a form of dissent, slow transformation, awakening and action.
In a society that blinds us by continuous 24 hours work, this curatorial research reflects upon the desynchronisation of the body through our norms and ideas of productivity, efficiency, attention, distraction, vigilance and free time, as well as inertia, and movements of rising and collapsing.
For many of us, sleep disorders are linked to stress, anxiety and time spent on screens. These are the effects of so-called ‘cognitive capitalism’. In a feel good economy, our anxieties needs to be reevaluated. This virtue signals that something is wrong, and listening to it prompts us to act.
This project aims to flip insomnia around by reinvesting in the night and its activities, and by reflecting upon contemporary shifts in society and culture. The project emphasises listening and temporal practices, such as performance, film and sound art.
White Night 2020
Freedom of Sleep was launched during the White Night 2020 at the Fondation Fiminco. Anabelle Lacroix, curator in residency, offered a cross-disciplinary program to launch her project. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the public was able to discover in situ works and outdoor concerts, in collaboration with Threads Radio and sübtext řadiõ.
From Wakefulness to Consciousness
This new edition From Wakefulness to Consciousness focuses on the politics, poetics and aesthetics of sleeplessness, framed by a broader inquiry into the desynchronisation between bodies and society, and a wish to reclaim night-time and its energies, whether natural, cosmic, sonic or otherwise.
It extends an invitation to listen with insomnia, to open a space to listen in and through our bodies. Inspired by bodily rhythms and the pace of production, we have programmed a slow release in five parts – dissonance, collapse, release, awakening and respite – from November 2020 into January 2021.
This collection is edited by Paris based Associate Curator and Liquid Architecture Alumni, Anabelle Lacroix, and features contributions from artists, curators and researchers in both Europe and Australia: Mattin, Elena Biserna, Tobi Maier, Geoff Robinson, Clare Milledge, Tom Smith with Jon Watts, Zoe Scoglio, Tricky Walsh, Debris Facility Ltd Pty, Kengné Téguia, Holly Childs and Angela Goh, Pan Pan Kolektiva, Alexander Powers, Jannah Quill, Anne Zeitz and SJ Norman.