Marking World Sleep Day (15th March), the Reimagining Sleep exhibition explores the lived experience of sleep. The exhibition gathers a collection of objects, writings, and soundscapes made by, with, and for people with sleep issues. In a world that all too often frames sleep either as a waste of time or as a mere tool for productivity, this exhibition invites viewers to consider and reimagine their relationship with sleep. We ask: what does sleep mean to you?
The exhibition places playful collaboration at its core. As a visitor, you’ll be invited to give your input and help us grow the exhibition’s collections. Our goals are to foster wellbeing through creativity and to connect and involve multiple voices, in order to facilitate knowledge-sharing around sleep.
The exhibition programme features a public talk (14th March, 6-7pm) by me, and a creative workshop (23rd March, 10am-12pm) with the exhibition’s curator and artist Chiara Dellerba. Both the talk and the workshop are free events but registration via Eventbrite is required. Further details below.
Are We in a Sleep Crisis? An Exploration of Contemporary Culture | City Library | Level 2 | 14th March 2024, 6-7pm
A talk by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, Assistant Professor in English Literature at Northumbria University
In this talk, the Reimagining Sleep project Principal Investigator, Dr Diletta De Cristofaro, will explore the selection of sleep books she has curated for the exhibition. While sleep science is divided on whether we are currently experiencing a sleep crisis or not, contemporary literature is full of bad sleepers. Dr De Cristofaro will consider what literature, and culture more broadly, tell us about our relationship with sleep and the world we inhabit.
Oneiric Journey to the Nearby Cosmos | City Library | Level 2 | 23rd March 2024, 10am-12pm
A creative workshop with Chiara Dellerba
Join exhibition curator and artist Chiara Dellerba in exploring how our bodies and minds react to sounds. During the workshop, you will experiment with creative writing techniques and mark-making to develop visual responses to meditative soundscapes. If you’d like, your responses will then be uploaded to the companion online exhibition, enriching its collaborative nature and the plurality of voices represented.