Text, on LED sign
In her upcoming work- Dreaming Ruins- Ulufer Celik is interested in
appropriating a LED sign that capitalism so promptly misused. Celik will
sequestrate this powerful form of night communication, in a 24-7 vibrant world,
in order to put it at the service of storytelling focusing in awakening and
mythology. This storytelling, due to the nature of the LED sign won’t ever finish,
but will keep on coming back, right where it ends, in a cyclical desire for a poetic
Ulufer Celik looks at dreams as powerful tools of change and is interested in
exploring how dreams, that assault us at night, have the potential to prompt us to
action and enable other ways of living.
In Dreaming Ruins, Celik looks at vengeance in conspiracy with the action of
dreaming and sleeping through the multiple bodies of Erinyes- the goddess of
Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life
The exhibition series Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life takes a close look at contemporary politics of sleep and asks whether we can reclaim sleep and dreaming from the clutches of late capitalism. Can sleep be configured as a radical, subversive activity? Can the act of dreaming, sleep’s correlate, be imagined a political deed? If sleep were to obstruct the cycle of capitalist production and social reproduction, would the sleeper be able to dream up a better life, a better future?
Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life brings together artists from all wakes of life and artworks from diverse cultural backgrounds in order to start understanding how we might share agency in a future politics of sleep. It is conceived as a sketch, which will migrate in slightly changed constellation to lítost/Prague in August/September and Institute for Provocation/Beijing in October.
The Athens version of the exhibition is a cooperation with Yellow Brick. Hosted by Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki and facilitated by Pieternel de Winter, it is funded by the DAI, coming out of a COOP study group lead by Ruth Noack, Maria Berrios and Tina Gverović. Additional funding comes from IFA - Institut Für Auslandsbeziehungen
Participating artists: Florencia Almirón, Clara Amaral, Alaa Abu Asad, Matthijs de Bruijne, Livio Casanova, Ulufer Celik, Agata Cieślak, Anna Daučíková, Teresa Distelberger, Ines Doujak, Nikos Doulos, Gangart, Tina Gverović, Sanne Kabalt, Alejandra Riera, Annette Ruenzler, Jürgen Stollhans, Isabelle Sully, Leeron Tur-Kaspa, Simon Wachsmuth, Baha Görkem Yalim.