Sleeping Bed - Rhythmic Study
Sleeping Bed - Rhythmic Study
kinetic sculpture, diploma project Digital Arts
year: 2009

An intricate web placed on a cot receives impulses from a network of Nitinol wire and cable ties passing through it. 
The series of arrhythmic stimuli is derived from data recorded during the phases between sleep and wakefulness.

Exhibitions:
Dreamlike (Galerija FLU, Beograd, Serbia), July 2010
The Essence 2009 (University of Applied Arts, Expositur Vordere Zollamtstraße 3, Vienna), July 2009
Alias in Wonderland (Freiraum Museumsquartier, Vienna), July 2009
Digital Traces (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), June 2009


In our society sleep and wake rhythm is to a large extent influenced by work schedules. People should go to bed at a certain time, the period spent asleep should be held on a quiet place at night.

Sleep research is concentrated on the biological act of sleeping. Different sleep states and the physiological activities, even the exact moment where
you fall asleep can be identified in the EEG data.


Ethnographic records conducted by Carol M. Worthman tap sleep behavior in different cultures:
There are mentions of hunter-gatherer societies whose members drift away during the day and apparantly lack a regulated sleep rhythm. Rites of initiation, held at night, self-induced states between sleep and wakefulness, in order to conjure visions, have been cited. (Carol M. Worthman, Melissa K. Melby; Toward a Comparative Developmental Ecology of Human Sleep, 2006)


While developing my work I researched my own sleep practices and kept records of the transition between being asleep and awake.
The rhythm of falling asleep and drifting back again, measured during a session in a sleep lab, is controlling the movements of the kinetic sculpture.
photo by Sue Sellinger / highlighter.org

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