structuring somnolence at visceral: the living art experiment



science gallery, trinity college dublin, ireland

Structuring Somnolence highlights how the use of graphical representations of sleep positioning can be changed for the sake of art and how scientific tools can be repurposed as artistic tools.

With the help of an administering sleep technician, I reconfigured the sleeping body of a volunteer with the set intention of forming predetermined landscape/architecture drawings from the emerging graphical sleep data known as “Sleep Architecture”.

Unlike a traditional scientific experiment, this study was not attempting to solve a problem; there are no health benefits to an experiment of this sort. It is not about calculating sleep efficiency; in fact, the sleep of the subject was disturbed for the sake of this research. It should be considered as a method for creating art, using the electrical data gathered from a sleep study for an objective assessment.

This installation was based on a volunteer’s sleepover at Science Gallery on January 28-29 2011, which was viewable from Pearse Street from 9 p.m. - 6 a.m.

visceral: the living art experiment website