Emilio Vavarella, DREAMSCAPES Analytica® (2017); site-specific networked installation; custom software, router, two tripods with light bulbs, LED sign, FitBit and Raspberry PI; variable dimensions.
DREAMSCAPES Analytica® is a fragmented installation that connects the body of the artist with an assemblage of devices, software, networks and systems of analysis and economization of his sleep; and that investigates the relationship between productivity, rest and the data economy. The recent introduction of smartphone applications, tools and devices for the 24/7 monitoring of the body has resulted in the inscription of sleep within a system of production ruled by quantification, analysis, objectivity and efficiency.
Developed for an exhibition at Moitre Gallery, DREAMSCAPES Analytica® monitors the activities of the artist for the entire length of the exhibition through a constant extrapolation of data, and works as both an “entertainment machine” and a “currency converter.” The artwork produces light patterns that are synced to the artist’s body and that reach their intensity’s peak when the artist is deeply asleep. Simultaneously, DREAMSCAPES Analytica® assigns a value in Euros (the local currency), to each moment of rest, and displays the generated value on a screen. The artwork can be bought and sold only for the ever-increasing value displayed on this screen.
Installation at Galleria Moitre
- (Triple Solo Exhibition) GALLERIA MOITRE, Irene Dionisio / Lavinia Raccanello / Emilio Vavarella, Turin, Italy
“Thought is my Main Medium. Interview with Emilio Vavarella | Il pensiero è il mio medium principale. Intervista con Emilio Vavarella”
by Giada Totaro, July 2020. (ita-eng)
“Digitale Off Limits: intervista a Emilio Vavarella”
Interview by Maria Chiara Wang, July 2020. (ita)
Arte e tecnologia del terzo millennio. Scenari e protagonisti [Art and Technology in the Third Millennium: Landscapes and Protagonists]
Catricalà, Valentino and Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, I Quaderni della Collezione Farnesina, Vol. II, Milan: Mondadori Electa, 2020. (ita-eng)
The Parkview Museum
“Emilio Vavarella: Unpredictability of Technological Power”
in Bio Art (ed. by Camilla Latini, Maurice Xu and Xiadi Sun). Published by the Parkview Museum Beijing – Singapore, 2023. (chi-eng)
Special thanks to Sam Tarakajian, programmer and to Cassie Tarakajian and Ana Giraldo-Wingler.