What does it mean to be in conversation with your body? Many social, cultural, and political conventions we live by today discipline how we experience our bodies. They are often defined by their productivity, utility, fitness, and so on, but rarely through vulnerability and reflection. Through this series of collaborations between artists and researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School, we ask you to consider the ways in which your body features (or, perhaps, does not feature?) in…
Sleep is like your grown
child who loves you
who comes back to you
when she is ready
– Yuko Taniguchi
Creative Contemplation of Rest is a three-part series, with each program focusing on a different aspect of the collaborators’ research.
Sleep Texture | September 29 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In this workshop, you will lie down and contemplate what it is like to touch your sleep.
The Weight of Sleep | October 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What does it mean to “fall” asleep? Is it the same as falling in love? Is sleep heavy? We will think about our own and others’ sleep through this unique concept of sleep as gravity.
Eating Light | November 10 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Daylight is as essential as water for the human body. We will explore what feeds our sleep so that we can rest fully.
Artists and Collaborators
Beyond medicine, what other ways can we learn and become aware of our own well-being related to sleep? Yuko (poet) and Peng (social practice artist) are collaborating with Dr. Kathryn Cullen (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Michael Howell (Department of Neurology) to answer this question.