Art/Aesthetics · Design · Performativity · Sculpt/Install

The Vertical Bed

During the Conflux weekend, Jamie O’Shea was submitting his body to polyphasic sleep, the practice of sleeping multiple times in a 24-hour period.



The Vertical Bed in action, at Broadway and 33rd St. in New York for a 40 minute nap at 2:00 pm. Naps where repeated at four hour intervals throughout the weekend for Conflux. Subject could smell the cologne of passersby, and dreamed of a subversive van. time-lapse video, a 40 minute nap compressed to 2 minutes.

Concealed harnesses ensure that Jamie didn’t fall over. He also wore noise canceling headphones and double-mirrored sunglasses, padded with little cushions to keep his eyelid closed. In case of bad weather, an umbrella clips in the infrastructure for shelter.

The project is designed for the visual performance of an alternate way of occupying urban space, born partly out of fantasies of minimal need and elegant futurism, and partly out of fears of the dehumanization of space. Occupants will absorb the vertical structure of urban architecture into their bodies. The vertical sleeper is in a constant state of readiness, never succumbing to collapse. Homelessness is most often marked by the forbidden act of lying down on the sidewalk, an act that the vertical bed circumvents. (thanks to WMMNA)

post by Wanderlust

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