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14 Oct 2019

WKV Stuttgart: Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life

Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life - Exhibition at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life - curated by Ruth Noack
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart


Press conference: Friday, October 18, 2019, 11 a.m.; Opening: Friday, October 18, 2019, 7 p.m. Opening Hours: Tue, Thu–Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wed: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Free guided tours: Each Sunday, 3 p.m.; Guided tours for families: Every 2nd Sunday of the month, 4 p.m.


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Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2 / Eingang Stauffenbergstrasse
70173 Stuttgart

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From October 19, 2019, to January 12, 2020, the Württembergischer Kunstverein is showing the most comprehensive version to date of the exhibition 'Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life', which was previously sketched out in Greece, China, and the Czech Republic. Ruth Noack has invited more than 40 artists from different cultural contexts to negotiate contemporary politics of sleep and dreaming. In recent decades, sleep has been turned into a resource, tied to production, consumption, warfare, and biopolitics, while people are simultaneously enticed to sleep less and to sleep more productively. How then, can we keep dreaming? Yet history shows that sleep can turn resistant, for instance when someone sleeps while they should be working or sleeps where they are not supposed to, say in public space. And to dream can be seen as an act toward imagining the good life, as in Martin Luther King's famous sentence: 'I have a dream . . .'

The curatorial model of 'Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life' posits itself against an art industry's paradigms of efficiency and production, which stand in no relation to real conditions of production and often deprive exhibitions of their potentiality. The exhibition is instead taken as a medium which gives us an opportunity to share knowledge and create new meaning.

Begun in 2018 as a series of exhibition sketches, supported jointly by the smallest of institutions, by the curator and the artists who themselves contributed sketches, time, and know-how, 'Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life' continually evolves with each iteration. At each station, new sketches are added and old ones further fleshed out. Besides the presentation of works, which are developed further, new productions will also be shown at Württembergischer Kunstverein. In addition, the works of the past stations will be presented in an archive in the exhibition room. The memory of the exhibition travels from place to place and is presented in the same way as the new works.

This is not a classic traveling exhibition, but a work in progress. It changes with each respective location and its conditions. It learns from people and from the works of art. Within this open framework, we ask: Can sleep be reclaimed from the clutches of late capitalism? Can it gain subversive force? Can the acts of sleeping and dreaming be imagined as a resistant political deed? Would the sleeper be able to dream up a better life, a better future?

Florencia Almirón, Clara Amaral, Alaa Abu Asad, Ibon Aranberri, Zbyněk Baladrán, Matthijs de Bruijne, Livio Casanova, Ulufer Çelik, Agata Cieślak, Alice Creischer, Chris Curreri, Anna Dacqué, Danica Dakić, Anna Daučíková, Teresa Distelberger, Ines Doujak, Haytham el-Wardany, Gangart, Tina Gverović, Matt Hinkley, Hu Wei, Dominique Hurth, Sanja Iveković, Luis Jacob, Sanne Kabalt, Franz Kapfer, Gülsün Karamustafa, Denisa Lehocká, Miao Ying, Nabuqi, Alejandra Riera, Annette Ruenzler, Jürgen Stollhans, Isabelle Sully, Alia Syed, Leeron Tur-Kaspa, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Simon Wachsmuth, Xie Nanxing, Xie Qi, Baha Görkem Yalım, Zheng Mahler


*Friday, October 18, 2019, 11 am
Press conference

*Friday, October 18, 2019, 7 pm

Welcoming remarks
Martin Fritz (Chairman of the Württembergischer Kunstverein)

Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ (Directors of the Württembergischer Kunstverein)
Ruth Noack (Curator)


*Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1 pm
Tour through the exhibition and talk
with Ruth Noack and the artists

Dreaming Ruins
Ulufer Çelik


Sunday, January 12, 2020
with Ruth Noack and the artists
Clara Amaral (Performance), Alia Syed (Film screening)


with Ruth Noack
- Sunday, October 20, 2019, 11 am
- Sunday, January 12, 2020, 4:30 pm

with Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7 pm
- Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 7 pm