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Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life

with Ruth Noack01/06/18, 01/06/2018 Actions Curated

Dutch Art Institute (DAI)

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.

For more info on the COOP SUMMIT 2018, please visit:


1 June 2018 18:00 until 20:00

Opening hours:
June 1, 10 am – 8 pm
June 2, 10 am – 8 pm

Images by Sanne Kabalt