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The Sleep in Opera

by Ocean Viva Silver

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    In 2002, the Contemplation Room project brought together international artists for a show at the Overgaden gallery and events in various public spaces in Copenhagen. The Sleep in Opera invited the audience to take part in a five nights sleep performance in a bunker under the Hans Christian Ørstedn park.

    The background research had taken place in a neurological centre specialised in sleep disorders. Some uncanny medical tales gathered at the hospital were told to the participants as bedtime stories. Simple techniques to avoid snoring were applied in reverse to ensure the audience would deliver a collective audio performance. The sound was diffused in real time in the park above. Straight after the event, a short track was composed as a documentation.

    In 2016, the original recordings, (exclusively sleep sounds) were excavated and used to re-compose a subjective narrative echoing the physiological and psychological agitation of sleep.

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released February 8, 2016


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Ocean Viva Silver Paris, France

Valérie Vivancos, aka Ocean Viva Silver, is an avant-garde composer.

For the past 20 years Ocean Viva Silver's artistic universe has revolved around the corporality of sound and the various states of the sounding body. Her work is mainly focused on experimental composition, performance scores,
situations and writing protocols that interweave life and fiction and collect “curious” experiences.
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