About Sleep in the City

The artists

Virgile Novarina

After studying Mathematics and Physics, Virgile Novarina (born in France in 1976) devoted himself to the artistic exploration of his own sleep through writings and drawings, and the sleep of others through photographs and films. He has published seven books of Night’s Writings and Drawings, and has exhibited his work in Europe and the United States. Since 2006 the very act of sleeping has become an integral part of his work with the “En Somme” series of performances, during which he sleeps publicly in shop windows, galleries or museums.


Walid Breidi

Walid Breidi is a digital artist whose work is mainly concentrated on the question of artist-spectator relationship and narrativity through spontaneous gestural interactivity. He combines multiple artistic representations based on digital techniques. During his career, he has always mixed artistic practice and teaching in universities and art schools. His performances and installations have been shown internationally in, Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.


The technology

"Sleep in the City" uses digital and IoT technology, combining the sensors in Aarhus’ Smart City Lab with sleep data and video art. 
The sensors in Aarhus measure air quality, traffic, noise and light. Those parameters have an impact on sleep quality.


The partnership

ITK Culture and Citizens’ service in Aarhus wrote the application for the Vertigo initiative and the concept idea describing Sleep in the city created by the artists Walid Breidi and Virgile Novarina, was chosen among a handful of applicants.


The collaboration is financed by the EU STARTS Residencies Program - Science Technology and ARTS - and Aarhus Municipality.


Visit EU STARTS at: https://vertigo.starts.eu/

Visit Aarhus Municipality, ITK, at: https://dokk1.dk/english


Walid Breidi and Virgile Novarina present their project "Sleep in the City" at the Pompidou center in Paris: