Sleeping machine I, 2011

Author: Hiraki Sawa

Single channel video with sound.

Depicts an unhinged world which evokes a seductive nostalgia, with hidden inner corners inhabited only by antique calculating machines, gears and timepieces removed from their habitual structures, moving over the night time cityscapes. They turn and lock inexplicably as they move through the rooms of an abandoned house, counting the slow and difficult passage of time. Both works are metaphors for Sawa’s innermost personal space, represented by the act of sleeping or remembering. The artist is not interested in the landscape or everyday life as such, but rather as a transcript of his memory.