‘‘Would you like to sleep like someone else? Would you like to author someone else’s sleep? Be a part of a special gathering of Sleep Surfers. You play the role of a visitor, visiting a temporary museum of sleep. Or, lend your sleep to a visitor for one night. Either way, you observe, you record, you encounter a different sleep for one night.’
Sleeping like someone else is essentially living like them. People are invited to be a part of a special gathering of Sleep Surfers. They borrow and lend sleep - sleep like someone else, or author someone else’s sleep. This event is structured as a night long experience, in which a participant visits a stranger’s sleeping place. They spend time in the stranger’s apartment, in their sleeping environment, and be guided by questions and provocations on contemporary sleep. How is our sleep shaped by where we sleep, how we sleep, when we sleep? Participants play a role of a visitor, visiting a temporary museum of sleep. The event ends next morning with a complimentary breakfast, where all visitors and their hosts share and archive their discoveries.
Research by Arnika Ahldag. Produced by Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India. 2014. Documentation by Shaunak Sen and Aman Mann.