Leah Clements, Collapse (film still), 2019. Courtesy the artist and Arcadia Missa.
Arcadia Missa presents an evening of readings around the subject of sleep, marking the launch of the 10th edition of Arcadia Missa’s journal How To Sleep Faster.
This 10th edition speculates on the idea of sleep under late capitalism, including a wide range of responses – literary, visual and critical.
Can sleep be an act of self-care, a chance for disavowal or a moment of defiance? How might the future of sleep look? Is the monetisation of sleep inevitable, or would the eradication of sleep be more likely? Can we reclaim our time from capitalism, or should we just sleep through its inevitable demise? How do we get to sleep faster?
Speakers include mandisa apena, Leah Clements and Ian Wooldridge.
Arcadia Missa gallery was founded in November 2014, after having been a project space between 2011–14. Arcadia Missa publications are comprised of the journal How To Sleep Faster, artist and writer novellas, and occasional anthologies such as Re-Materialising Feminism.
mandisa apena is a cancer sun and part-time vegan from South London. they are interested in dreams, paganism, contemporary art, destroying Babylon through everyday politics and (sun)light. they are an alumni of Barbican Young Poets, member of London Queer Writers, host of occasional queer poetry night ‘hot 4 u’ and author of the self-published poetry book and twice as bitter.
Leah Clements is an artist based in London. Her practice is concerned with the relationship between the psychological, emotional and physical, often through personal accounts of unusual or hard-to-articulate experiences. Her work also focuses on sickness/cripness/disability in art, in critical and practical ways.
Ian Wooldridge is a Zurich-based artist, writer and lecturer. His work deals with notions of masculinity, feminism, media history and conditions of space and labour. Alongside architect and composer Li Tavor, Ian is in a band called LIVE SHOW. He is currently developing a line of panties for men with Isosceles Lingerie. He has performed at Nuit Blanche (Paris Arts Lab 2019) exhibited at The Cruising Pavilion (Venice Architecture Biennale 2018), LUX (London), Folkwang (Essen) and Istituto Svizzero (Rome).