A man silhouetted against a large projection of a shirtless man sleeping.

Slow Wave

Seeing Sleep
September 25—27, 2009

Sleep is among the most mysterious of human behaviors, both difficult to portray and resistant to narration. Slow Wave presents works that employ both poetic and empirical channels in an attempt to give form to the amorphousness of sleep, and examines the particular techniques through which sleep is understood. Over three days, visitors will have a chance to view exhibitons by Jennifer Hall, Allan Hobson, Pierre Huyghe, Rodney Graham, Fernando Orellana and Brendan Burns, Ana Rewakowicz, and Andy Warhol; attend a performance of Alvin Lucier's "Music for Solo Performer" (by special RPI guests), and revisit milestones in sleep science. In this interdisciplinary commingling of art and science, recordings of brain waves function as drawings or poetic transcriptions and works of art double as experiments.

  • Alvin Lucier
  • Ana Rewakowicz
  • Andy Warhol
  • Fernando Orellana
  • J. Allan Hobson
  • Jennifer Hall
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Richard Linklater
  • Rodney Graham

Main Image: Slow Wave in the Concert Hall in 2009.

Program Notes

List of works in the exhibition:

Jennifer Hall, Epileptiforms: 5 Rem, 1999
Consciousness as a Property of Matter Series
Rapid Prototyping Polymer Resin
Sterling Silver 12’x12’x’1.5“
Permanent Collection Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park

J. Allan Hobson, Hidden Landscapes, The Time-Lapse Sleep Photography of Ted Spagna, 2009
Courtesy of the artist

Pierre Huyghe, Sleeptalking, 1998
Video projection, 16mm transferred on video (3 min.) sound recording (60 min.)
Courtesy of Marianne Goodman Gallery

Rodney Graham, Halcion Sleep, 1994
Single channel video with sound
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund

Fernando Orellana and Brendan Burns, Sleep Waking, 2008
Wood, aluminum, electronics, servo motors, Plexiglas
Courtesy of the artist

Ana Rewakowicz, A Modern-day Nomad Who Moves as She Pleases, 2005
Inflatable object (vinyl, nylon, mattress, blower) and video projection (speakers, video loop)
152 cm (diameter), 457 cm (length)
24 minutes 15 seconds
Courtesy of the artist

Andy Warhol, Sleep, 1963
16mm film transferred to digital files (DVD)
Black and white, silent, 5 hours 21 minutes at 16 frames per second
Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.



Saturday, September 16, 2009 at 6PM
Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:30PM
Talk, Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2009 at 8+9PM
Alvin Lucier
Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9PM
Directed by Richard Linklater
Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:30PM