Presentation of the residency Sleep in the City by Walid Breidi and Virgile Novarina
- Can you introduce yourself?
My name is Walid Breidi, I am a digital artist and I work with movement, interaction and the problematic of mapping physical movement into sound and image. I have been doing this for the last 20 years. I also taught art and digital creation for 10 years at the
My name is Virgile Novarina and I have been working on sleep for more than 20 years, through writings, drawings, performances, collaborations with scientists, artists and in schools. It’s an interdisciplinary project with two parts. First an exploration of my own sleep and also an exploration of the sleep of others, with photos and films.
- Can you present your project, SLEEP IN THE CITY?
Virgile: In this
Walid: The idea is that we take it from there, and develop a more general approach: discussing sleep as part of an urban question. In most cities, even smart cities, their architectural design is conceived without taking
For instance, we know that France is the European country that consumes the most sleeping pills. By getting people connected together through their sleep brain waves, we are creating a kind of “
- What do you expect from this residency?
Walid: To be able to do the project and that it would be a success. We expect that the collaboration with Aarhus City Lab will be creative and full of ideas. We really want a full partnership, to enrich our experiences and get new ideas. For us, it is also an adventure. Maybe good things will come, and we could make it interesting for the city.
We would like to question the consciousness of sleep in relation to that of waking consciousness in a citizen participative way that also experiments with the Internet of Things and questions the use of, and the idea of networking and Internet.
Virgile: My expectation is that when people will be passing in the streets during the performance, they will have this surprise to see on the screens the city transformed by sleep. We would like to invite them to think about their own sleep, which is a beautiful part of our life.
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