Portugal/The Netherlands, Vídeo, 14’18’’, loop <
SleepWorkers shows imagery of the Jan Van Eyck Academie staff and participants in deep sleep. Their thoughts are floating as fluids vanish in vapor.
Like in The True Sentimental Bitch (2016), SleepWorkers explores how sleep and dreams are disappearing from the lives of the human being due to the intensification of the 24/7 culture: the end of sleep and the new models of production reflected through the use of the daily digital technologies. Thus, sleep and rest represent forms of resistance by the resetting of the body. During this condensed
period of time repressed desires and contemporary fears emerge through anxiety and uncertainty. It seems pertinent to reflect about this segment of time - the unconscious mind, the transitional body and its reproduction of mental landscapes.