Carmen Aguilar y Wedge
Romy Gad el Rab
The Gospel According to Yawn
As Jonathan Crary quotes- “There are now very few significant interludes of human existence (with the colossal exception of sleep) that have not been penetrated and taken over as work time, consumption time, or marketing time.”
― Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
Gospel According to Yawn is a commission by Somerset House to respond to the Book 24/7. Critiquing our culture of fast computing, instant communication, globalization, digitalism, and capitalism.
Bookmarking the show, The Gospel According to Yawn is exhibited at the beginning and end of the exhibition. The booth playing on the phenomenon of contagious yawning to generate a database of yawns. In the booth participants are confronted with pictures of people yawning and, if they can’t resist following suit, they will be captured mid-yawn. Once they move through the show they encounter screens displaying their own yawns and our yawns are a signal and a tool to trigger sleeping states, where we can not consume in the digital age, we are building a triggering database for the post-capitalist age..