Sleep and Altered States of Consciousness

Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V.
Curated by Warren Neidich and Suzanne Prinz
June 19 – July 17, 2021

OPENING: June 18 @ 19h
LOCATION: Linienstraße 40 10119 Berlin

HOURS: Tue-Sat 14-19h

Participating artists include Kathryn Andrews, Elena Bajo, Katie Grinnan, Candice Lin, Karen Lofgren, Tino Sehgal, Jeremy Shaw, Suzanne Treister, Klaus Weber, and Sakiko Yamaoka.

Just as the Internet is slowly being constrained and commoditized through a multitude of firewalls, so, too, is the brain. As the brain and mind are the new factories of the 21st century and the neural commons is under assault (especially its neural and cultural plasticity), then the organization of the intra-extracranial brain is at stake. GPS systems are outsourcing and exteriorizing innate way-finding capabilities with material effects expressed by the shrinkage and atrophy of the posterior hippocampus. Similar to Jonathan Crary’s description in 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep (2013), sleep is understood here as a human need at odds with productivity which escapes the incessant and profound affront of simulated needs concocted by a voracious late stage cognitive capitalism and as yet has not been colonized or commoditized – although new technologies and pharmaceuticals on the horizon will soon make even that possible. Reorganization through aesthetic, pharmacologic, or spiritual means and agents may provide new pathways to new forms of resistance against these processes of subjectivization.


Rules on Obligatory Tests and Face Masks from Saturday 17 April 2021

In accordance with the regulations announced by the Berlin Senate, all visitors to the gallery must present a negative COVID-19 test result from a point-of-care antigen (PoC) rapid test (so-called Corona rapid test) or a negative PCR test result that is no more than 24 hours old. Self-tests are not acceptable for this purpose. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and whose second shot was more than 15 days ago do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Information on test centres can be found at: www.test-to-go.berlin.

Visitors (aged 14 years and over) are required to wear an FFP2 face mask in all indoor areas of the gallery. Children between 6 and 14 years of age may wear a surgical-style mask instead.