Fool Asleep

Vahri Mckenzie, Hellen Russo

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Sleep Disorders is a body of work that investigates the pathologisation of sleep through performance research.
‘Fool Asleep’ (2012, with Hellen Russo) is an original one-act play that used spoken text, music, film, dance and movement to present the complex relationship between a subject of sleep disorder and examining sleep scientist.
The works use performance art to subvert scientific incursions that problematise a natural state. Innovative cross-disciplines collaborations enabled new perspectives on scientific discourses and so questioned the assumptions that have rapidly created a new medical speciality. My original performances were a major feature of Goldberg’s (biological visual art) ‘invasive examination into the fields of sleep science art’. With Russo (choreography) I used the vulnerability of sleep to explore surveillance technologies, casting the surveilling camera as performer. Fool Asleep combined these works to perform the sleeping subject under surveillance inside the sleep laboratory within a narrative frame.
Selected by Artistic Program Manager Claudia Alessi for Strutathon at PICA for Fringe World Festival. One-act play selected by Artrage Associate Director/Program Producer Amber Hasler as part of the Hub performance program for Fringe World Festival.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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