Falling asleep (2014)

INTERVENING SPACE: Falling asleep is about the hotel room. For me the hotel room is an ennobled bedroom. Everything revolves around “having a place to sleep,” and, in the Western society, around the bed. The act of sleeping is the most important and the most common action within the bedroom.

I wanted to research this routinized act of sleeping that is so present within our daily rhythm. I narrowed my research down to the common action where we are entering the bed until the moment we fell asleep. That period is called ‘Falling asleep’. My personal struggle with “falling asleep” is that I have DSPS; Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, a chronic disturbance in which my biological clock is not synchronized with a standard day-to-night pattern. My melatonin production is delayed which makes me an extreme evening person. Perhaps this syndrome arose because of my fear of losing control, as the moment of “falling asleep” is the last moment of the day that we are aware, that we are in control; aware of our thoughts, in control of our muscles, surroundings and activities.

I conducted an intervention in this hotel room and we slept here to capture this process. The works that are presented in this room evolved out of this intervention. I was literally here, in this bed, and my presence is still tangible.

This routinized act I wanted to emphasize and over-exaggerate, two of my key performance techniques: confronting the viewers with my research-by-doing.

– Entire performance video [duration 2H 33M 16S], to experience my actual ‘falling asleep’ time.

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By Katya von Vaupel Klein for i-D and VICE about my work ‘INTERVENING SPACE: Falling asleep’. Link to interview/article.

© Lisette Ros
© Photos by Marieke Gras