Live At De Waalse Kerk 2019 by Johanna Knutsson & Sebastian Mullaert
Sleep, semi-conscious, consciousness, contemplation, concentration
Coinciding with World Sleep Day on Friday 19th March 2021, Johanna Knutsson and Sebastian Mullaert present this 2019 event, recorded live and improvised, from inside De Waalse Kerk, a medieval church in Amsterdam, in front of a captive audience of semi-conscious dreamers. Part of a series called In Dreams, the performance is not unlike Max Richter's Sleep project, in that it explores how ones natural somnolence could be provoked by listening to expansive ambient soundscapes when in a semi-conscious state.
The idea that your subconscious mind is receptive to sounds at certain stages of your sleep cycle piques my interest. Since its release, I'd been intrigued to experience Richter's version for myself, so a few weeks back I gave it a shot. At my usual bed-time I hit play on my music player and slowly drifted off. It wasn't long before I stirred though, aware of enchanting choral sounds, definitely affecting my dreams, I found myself fitfully meandering in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. The following day I was tired. As a result, of the three times I've listened to the Knutsson and Mullaert 8½ hour extravaganza, it was during intentional waking hours only. It proved to be an ideal background companion for concentration.
I have little doubt that, as a participant, attending one of these sleep events would be a different experience; memorable, rewarding, enlightening even. But in the current pandemic conditions, it's an unlikely event. Instead, you are invited to join in with the live stream event this Friday from 11pm to 7am (CET) (NB. start one hour earlier at 10pm if you're in the UK) for a mutual dreaming experience!
Set a reminder: https://youtu.be/FbMD2TXJ2Uo
Tips to prepare:
- eat just a couple of hours before, not later
- advise everyone around you to not disturb you for eight hours
- make all arrangements and preparations before the start: toilet needs, water and fruit aside your bed, set your devices in sleep mode, volume of your sound system as low as a tickle
- the video is just a sound player: turn off all the screens
- drink a cup of tea mindfully
- if you're used to, do your meditation/breath/mindfulness practice before the start
- prepare your bed and lay down in the Shavasana posture
- tune in to the live stream
- try to not think when you listen; don't check your phone, write, force yourself in anything: let the experience work; close your eyes
All eight hours of Live At De Waalse Kerk 2019 will be available digitally via Circle Of Live label.