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The Sleep in Opera

by Ocean Viva Silver

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Ocean Viva Silver

The Sleep in Opera

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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 (remixed by DJ Flex Flux) 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.

To the memory of Sébastien Sengenes.
Thanks to those who supported this project throughout the years: Professor Michel Billard and his team, J&K, Asmund, Kristine Ilsøe, Sophie Pucil, Cecilia, David Medalla, Sarane Alexandrian, Virgile Novarina, Robert Hampson.

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The Sleep In Opera (2002-2012)

01 Solitude Entonnoir 08’01
02 Le Sommeil d’Albertine 05’49
03 The Hearing Trumpet 03’52
04 The Spiral Staircase 06’06
05 Namakkal’s Infinity 07’51
06 Playing Cards 07’47

Recordings were made at Service de Neurologie des troubles du sommeil - Hôpital Gui de Chauliac (Montpellier, FR) and Hans Christian Ørstedn Park’s Bunker (Copenhagen, DNK) in 2002

Composition : Ocean Viva Silver - 2016
Mastering : Robert Hampson
Front cover Photos : OVS - Le Cimetière Marin, Sète (FR)

This is part of an ongoing investigation of the corporality of sound phenomena from silence to the natural rhythms of the breath and the voice

To further the narrative, titles refer to famous works or scientific discoveries linked sleep and dreams.


released November 18, 2020


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Ocean Viva Silver Paris, France

Born by the Mediterranean OVS sailed the Anglo-Saxon undercurrents for 11 years. Her travels have led her to the ports of Sète, Liverpool, Copenhagen, San Francisco, New York, Lisbon, Rio, Recife, Phuket, Waterford, Hong Kong for drifting and performing.
Her practice explores composition, art and writing protocols, interweaving life, fiction and "curious" experiences.
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