Monday, April 12, 2021

3246 : Reading "The Book of Sleep" by Haytham El Wardany

Sometimes the social space ceases to be an arena for negotiation and conflict, a forum for exchange and dialogue, and another hidden aspect of the social aspect emerges -  shared silence.

Sleep on public transport and in public squares, in lecture halls or at work, is a two fold rejection of the social act, because it takes place - not in our private bedrooms, but at the very heart of our social interaction.

Sleep taps the public sphere with its wand, and transforms it from a place of mediation nd competition, into one of silence and absence. Silence and absence are no longer a private matter, but a collective act.

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