Sleeplessness

(Or when we're sleeping, we're still listening)


"Insomnia is not defined as a simple negation of the natural phenomenon of sleep. The dream is always on the edge of awakening, it communicates with the vigil while trying to escape it. The dream listens to the vigil that threatens him and calls him with request." – Emmanuel Lévinas in "God, Death, and Time"

INFO


Sleeplessness refers to the recording machine which has not slept during the process of recording of all recordings used in this work. Sleeplessness only contains recordings made in intimacy, mainly during the dream process.

Some recordings have been made only with my presence, other recordings with the company of another person and other ones with the company of two or more people with or without my presence. Some nights have been recorded during the whole sleeping process and other nights all sounds, except silence, have been recorded.

All recordings have been ultra-processed in different phases and in different ways to preserve their identity. Only us we know who we are.


14 nights were recorded between 2008 and 2020 in different beds, rooms, houses, cities, countries and people. 14 tracks with at almost 30 hours for an ethereal listening during sleeping-time. Designed for high quality speakers, not for headphones. Edited and mastered at “H Studio” and published as 14 copies of SD-Cards by Я – Archives (2020).

PLAYLIST


1st Night – 2008 in Madrid with E. & M.
2nd Night – 2009 in Madrid with R.
3rd Night – 2010 in San Sebastián with L.
4th Night – 2011 in Madrid with L.
5th Night – 2012 in Leitza with P. & C. & D.
6th Night – 2013 in San Sebastián with I. & U.
7th Night – 2014 in San Sebastián with R.
8th Night – 2015 in Barcelona with S.
9th Night – 2016 in San Sebastián with R.
10th Night – 2016 in San Sebastián with R.
11th Night – 2017 in San Sebastián with R.
12th Night – 2018 in Vitoria with R. & more people.
13th Night – 2019 in Paris with A.
14th Night – 2020 in Barcelona with A.


"All the sleepers fall into the same, identical, uniform dream. This dream consists precisely in not differentiating. That is why the night, with the darkness and, also, the silence suits him." – Jean-Luc Nancy in "Tombe de sommeil"


This work is part of Anthropological Repertoire Of Vulnerabilities Series.