Waking is the transition between our dreaming interiors and conscious exteriors. As we wake we begin to operate in an inter-personal environment, assuming roles and playing parts to suit each new social and cultural context. The self-conscious activity of wakefulness has its zenith in the performing arts, where the body consciously manipulates its activity for the benefit of the other. Sleep is the opposite of this behaviour: a state without performance. The scientific study of sleep is a field that attempts to look into  our nocturnal lives, to discover the internal processes of the sleeping body, and better understand the significance that sleep has in our lives. ‘Waking’ is a project that brings these two processes together, combining the hyper-sentient disciplines of  performance with the scientific study of sleep. Working across the breadth of knowledge available in these two fields, this project explores innovative new ways of understanding the transitions between sleeping and waking, creating an exterior/interior  dialogue that offers new perspectives on the science / arts continuum.

This incubator project has three main goals:

  • To explore new ways of understanding the transitions between sleeping and waking by stimulating trans-disciplinary dialogue between performance artists and sleep scientists.
  • To evaluate and refine a proposed conceptual framework describing different models of arts/science collaboration.
  • To develop new works and engage the public in this dialogue – sleeping and waking hold inherent fascination for many people as the rhythm of our daily lives.



Saturday, 30 January:
(4.15) participants arrive at Te Kuratini Marae, Massey University, for powhiri, meal, and sleeping the night in the building. Full Schedule HERE

Sunday, 31 January:
I: Breakfast at Te Kuratini Marae
II: Welcome from Philippa Gander and Sam Trubridge, introducing  the aims of the incubator,  giving a run down of the week’s schedule, and presenting background material on the Sleep/Wake collaboration.
III: Tour of incubator’s workshop facilities in the Sleep/Wake Research Centre and The Print Factory performance laboratory, introducing technology and possibilities for use of these resources.
IV: Lunch at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre.
V: Three sessions with artists and scientists in groups of four to present their research and areas of interest for the incubator. Discussion developed around these areas of interest.

Part 1: Dialogues

Monday, 1 February: Interiority / Exteriority in Dialogue
Tuesday, 2 February: Subjectivity / Objectivity in Dialogue
Wednesday, 3 February: Ambiguity in Dialogue

I: Each day begins with a meeting of all participants for (1) a review of the previous day, (2) plenary discussion on that day’s particular topic as a provocation for collaborations (see below), and (3) planning for the day’s work. Collaborations can continue, recombine, or involve new participants as they evolve through this part of the incubator.
II: As workshopping starts, artists and scientists will respond to established dialogues, the provocations from morning discussion, and individual interests in order to work with one or more collaborators. This activity can take the form of further discussion and brainstorming, and may be tested using the facilities and technical support available.
On Wednesday afternoon, the group will meet to discuss the progress over Part 1 and settle on particular dialogues that have potential to be taken further as a performance/sleep science crossover experiments.

Part 2: Iterations

Thursday, 4 February – Friday, 5 February
Working towards presentation of experiments on Saturday. Regular meetings for planning and communication of ideas to the group / leadership.

Saturday, 6 February
OPEN LABORATORY (11-2.00) presenting collaborations and dialogues from the week in The Print Factory to colleagues from performing arts community, sleep science community, Massey University, arts and science, industry, and other interested members of the public.
LUNCH (2-3.00) For all incubator participants in the Sleep/Wake Research Centre.
DEBREIF (3-5.00) This will start with a public forum and feedback from two guest respondents. After a short break we will reconvene (particpants and team only) to discuss how various dialogues and collaborations can be extended into Phase 2 of the project.

One response to “Information

  1. Helen MAY

    could you pls provide me with some of the outcome information and your anticipated goals of whereto fron here…discovering sleep interrupting wakefulness in my own life and seeing similar issues in others is helping me to reroute my future for mutual benefit ..curious HM

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