Shu Lea Cheang on Fri, 31 Aug 2018 18:30:00 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> need a bed? coming to Linz? - STWST48x4 SLEEP -


48 hours Art as Sleep

Fri, Sep 7th, 14h - Sun, Sep 9th, 14h

Sleep is a complex physiological phenomenon with different cultural and physical expressions. Sleep refers to various abilities and aspects of the body, which are expressed in rhythms, hormones, fluctuations in electrical activity, changes in the activity of organs and body systems, among other things. Historically and across cultures, sleep has taken various forms in terms of light, work, sex, morality, sound, body and human understanding. All these and other factors can be considered as the basis for precise, unspectacular experiments within the framework of STWST48x4 SLEEP.

SLEEP48 is a project by Stadtwerkstadt and conceived by Shu Lea Cheang and Matthew Fuller, who were inspired by Fuller's latest book “How to Sleep, the art, biology and culture of unconsciousness”.  STWST48x4 also presents an array of new works developed at Stadtwerkstatt under its new art contexts initiative: Infolab
(led by Franz Xaver) defines the concept of information, from synchronous quantum storms to randomness in the past and blockchain technology. The Mycelium Network Society gives a preview of its Patulin installation at Taipei Biennale this year, plus Mycelial Radio Activation workshop by Martin Howse.  The art and context research Quasikunst (led by Tanja Brandmayr) stages faded and blown away coordinates from art agens to body movens. An indicative view applies to the Previous Layers of earlier Stadtwerkstatt projects. And at the Danube shore, the Reouzeri offers an after-work sunset area of relaxed, cooperative participation.

Stadtwerkstatt, founded in 1979,  has been an active player in the context of new media art, presenting provocative and challenging projects since the 1980s. Nowadays Stadtwerkstatt is active in the areas of New Art Contexts, runs a club and the Cafe Strom.  Its media output also includes Versorgerin newspaper and other public art and discourse events.

STWST48x4 SLEEP,   in cooperation with ARS ELECTRONICA, is presented by Stadtwerkstatt at Kirchengasse 4, 4040 Linz, Austria.

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