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  • TEST BED: a Modern Abaton

     

    February 17, 2018 - March 10, 2018

    TEST BED: a Modern Abaton is an installation, an exhibition, and a series of fourteen public performances and dialogues on the interaction of space, the slumbering body, and the accessories of sleep. 

    TEST BED, the installation, transforms the gallery into a modern abaton, a space the ancient Greeks dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing, and devoted to collective therapeutic sleep and prophetic dreaming. TEST BED encourages visitors to engage in self-directed as well as collective repose; to recline, nap, or daydream utilizing “soft tools” – cushions, pillows, headrests, etc. – that are hung on the walls and scattered on the felted gallery floor.

    TEST BED performances and events explore sleep topics whose speakers and participants represent a wide range of disciplines including product design, interior design, lighting design, anthropology, psychology, art and performance art, choreography, and folklore, as well as inventors and futurists.

    Organized by:  
    Natalie Fizer & Emily Stevenson, co-founders of Pillow Culture 

    Supported by: 
    MFA Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School

     

    Opening performance:

    90 Minute Cycle
    Saturday, February 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    John Roach, Parsons faculty and artist, has created a new work entitled 90 Minute Cycle, an 8-channel sound work that moves through four stages corresponding to those in an average sleep cycle: N1, N2, N3, and REM. All sound sources used to create the piece were determined by the 70 responses to a survey that asked participants “What sounds help you sleep? What sounds suggest sleep to you?” The structure uses the following characteristics of the four stages to guide the editing process.

     

    Additional related events:

    SLEEPING BODIES: Observation, Calibration, and Control    
    Thursday 02.22.18, 6:00-8:30PM  
    Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium

    NOCTURNES    
    Friday 02.23.18, 6:30-8:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    Sleeping in OUTER SPACE   
    Tuesday 02.27.18, 6:30-8:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    Sleep Sanctuaries and Collective Dreaming    
    Wednesday 02.28.18, 6:30-8:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    What a Witch, Part 7 NIGHT HAGS: Visitation    
    Friday 03.02.18, 6:30-8:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    DREAM MACHINES    
    Saturday 03.03.18, 6:30-8:30PM
    Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium

    The Botany of Sleep   
    Monday 03.05.18, 6:30-8:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    SYZYGY   
    Wednesday 03.07.18, 6:30-8:00PM  
    Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium

    THE INTERNET OF THINGS, Part 1: Monitoring Sleep    
    Friday 03.09.18, 4:00-6:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    THE INTERNET OF THINGS, Part 2: SLEEP - The Last Bastion of Privacy?  
    Friday 03.09.18, 6:00-7:30P
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    Sleep and the Interior     
    Saturday 03.10.18, 4:30-6:00PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    Back to Bed    
    Saturday 03.10.18, 6:00-7:30PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

    PILLOW PROCESSION led by Parsons Fashion with Public   
    Saturday 03.10.18, 7:30-8:30PM
    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

     

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