Is sleep in crisis? An exhibition in Toronto

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents a collective exhibition about sleeping and its social and cultural function.

Jon Sasaki, A Rest, 2016. Video, 10:20 min. Based on a choreographed solo performed by James Phillips originally commissioned by the Toronto Dance Theatre. Courtesy of the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto

The collective exhibition “Figures of Sleep”, on show at The Art Museum at the University of Toronto, considers the cultural anxieties manifest in the popular and critical imagination around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation.

If the night was the space of mystic quandary, and a creative catalyst and spiritual and cultural resource, today’s globalised capitalism and market and military demands for 24/7 service hours are stretching human body and mind in unprecedented ways. Is sleep in crisis? Exceedingly, artists have adopted the motif of sleep as a cipher for material, aesthetic, existential and political considerations of these urgent cultural concerns.

Exhibition dates:
Figures of Sleep
Curated by:
Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Exhibition dates:
until 3 March 2018
The Art Museum – University of Toronto
15 King’s College Circle, Toronto

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