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HEROES OF SLEEP
STWST Foyer, 1st floor / continuous
As the study of sleep developed in the twentieth century, a number of scientists adopted self-experiment strategies. This was done in order that they could control the conditions and variables of their experiments to a high degree, but also because the experience of the process was itself a valuable datum. Such approaches bring this scientific work close to questions of aesthetics. Duration, process and the undergoing of experience, alongside systems of recording and notation and their respective instruments characterise ths work. How can we systematically probe and experiment with our bodies and the wider systems they are part of or are more or less connected to?
This small exhibition of photographs and documents will mark some aspects of this work.
Heroes of Sleep by Matthew Fuller.
Matthew Fuller is the author of How to Sleep, the art, biology and culture of unconsciousness, (Bloomsbury). Other titles include How to be a Geek, essays on the culture of software (Polity), Media Ecologies, materialist energies in art and technoculture (MIT), Behind the Blip, essays on the culture of software, Elephant & Castle (both Autonomedia) and ATM (Shake Editions). With Andrew Goffey he is co-author of Evil Media (MIT). He has worked in and with artists groups such as I/O/D, Mongrel and YoHa as well as independently. Fuller is editor of books including Software Studies, a lexicon (MIT), and is a co-editor of the journal Computational Culture (http://www.computationalculture.net). He is Professor of Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.