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 thus 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 moment where we are entering the bed until the moment we fell asleep. That period in between I call “falling asleep.”
This routinized act I wanted to emphasize and over-exaggerate, two of my key performance techniques: confronting the viewers with my research-by-doing.
Together with photographer Marieke Gras 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 not an illusion, it is still tangible.
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. This personal twist is another thing that will show through my works in MoDez room 22.