SLEEPSTATES.NET_Process Blog

‘SLEEPSTATES.NET: networked dream-intermissions throughout the lockdown’ 

Remote Residency, Manchester International Festival.

Work in Progress Blog_April 2020

ABOUT_

Sleepstates.net will be an online artwork where the user enters a virtual environment and navigates between different sleep states; a series of audio-visual moments capturing cyclical feelings of inertia, anxiety and online perpetuity through networked dream-intermissions experienced during the lockdown. The states and online environment will be realised using newly acquired ‘isolation skills’, learnt via online tutorials of Max MSP, HTML, Three.js and JavaScript  programming languages. The sleep state net-art-work will develop in content and complexity relative to the developmental acquisition of creative coding skills of the artist during the remote residency.

Pink Moon April 2020 visualisation_ generated by Machine Learning StyleGAN trained on 480 images of pink moon internet uploads.

CONTEXT_

Intermission………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Life on lockdown has disbanded all regular structures, routines and sense of time. We’re living in freefall, whether working from home, the melding of weekdays and weekends, the clocks going forward or simple concepts like bedtime. Our view of the future and the past has changed, this current condition seems hazy, perpetual with no end in sight, a cyclical recurring state where we are ‘on the cusp’ … of something. 

Pink Moon explorations in latent space, machine learning experiments, April 2020 

Adding to our sense of inertia, we’re endlessly scrolling through the noise of social media, riding the rolling 24-hr apocalyptic news and witnessing daily governmental briefings where experts (yes they’re back) share data visualisations from the outside reality. 

Sleep is so important to our sense of time, pace and regularity. It’s one of the structures we haven’t lost in this crisis, yet we’re struggling to sleep, sleeping too much, sleeping at unorthodox times or feeling unexplained tiredness.

………Dreams become days ……. days become dreams………………….

To try and make sense of this societal free fall and as counter to the mass of data and statistics, I will document the changing emotions and mental states as we navigate through this intermission. Sleepstates.net will collate and curate this AV content into an interactive online artwork that plays with the grammar of early net art and web design motifs and seeks to reflect on our feelings of being online and displaced, connected yet remote and in-between time.

WORK IN PROGRESS_ SONIC STATES

Developing sound tests for emotional states on soundcloud.

WORK IN PROGRESS_WEB CODING

I’m learning HTML and CSS to create web content and styling for the different sleep states – a feeling of internet perpetuity. Developing my experience of working with the Javascript programming language (mainly through Processing), I’ll extend this through learning Three.js to create 3D visualisations that reflect the sound states. The pages will become cyclically connected over time as I develop the user navigation with an eye to interactivity.

Initial screen shots of very early experiments below.

Coding page tests with animations, HTML, CSS and Javascript

 

Navigation Page tests

 

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