The exhibition, comprised of 6 solo projects, is curated by Aya Lurie. It draws reference to Jonathan Crary‘s book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep.
Opening: January 16, 2016, through April 30th, 2016
Jonathan Crary depicts a contemporary world that is technological, virtual, global, intensely feverish, restless and inattentive, which pushes aside elementary human needs – particularly the need for sleep and relaxation time – so as to advance capitalism’s ceaseless production and consumerism. Therefore, although progress and technological developments were supposed to enhance the quality of our lives, in fact we are now required to be functional at all times and currently sleep, on average, less hours a day than ever before. The natural cycles of time, rooted in the Earth’s revolving on its axis and its rotation around the sun, are replaced by artificial light that has no time limits. We are connected nonstop, online, to our social and work life, ready at any given moment to instantly reach any point on the face of the planet, whether by plane or Skype, and are increasingly subject to different forms of control and surveillance. The time of our age, Crary claims, “is a time that no longer passes, beyond clock time.” The current display at the museum includes a number of one-person shows and individual projects, all of which are affined to this experience of the current age – some engaging with it directly and others touching on it obliquely.