THE END OF SLEEP — Capitalist sublime
5.1 surround sound and 9-monitor display,
video duration: 4 min, 2016
Inspired by all day production and Jonathan Crary’s 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
The white-crowned sparrow has an extraordinary ability to stay awake for 7 days during migration. DARPA is researching ways to achieve the same on soldiers, to eliminate the need of sleep during combat.
This project is a reflection on the holistic connections of labor, production, gender, family, paranoia, and reparation in the current post Fordist late capitalism.
A grid of 9-monitor presents 9 window lights filmed from the outside as the lights are turned off at the end of the day. The on and off turning lights of small stores, schools, classrooms create a looping of pulsation.
Each view is synchronized to turn dark for a period of time all at once.
The monitors are the only light source in the gallery, and as lights turn off, the space changes to pitch dark. An abstract representation of the capitalist sleep/work cycle—the demanding rhythm of lights on life and labor.
The sound element picks up the tempo of the heart in a surround sound track. The composition is made from field recordings of downtown Chicago streets and stores to capture the sound of present capitalism.
Feel the beauty of this rhythm then get sick of it. Capitalist sublime?