24/7

24/7 is an exhibition of sculptural works that negotiates the financialisation of time. Sleep is where rest and repair happens – but what if it is interrupted, or potentially obliterated? Seasonal and circadian rhythms shape life: from insects to mammals, oceanic tides to plant life. Sleep is where rest and repair happens – but what if it is interrupted, or potentially obliterated? From the migratory sleeplessness of Gambel’s white-crowned sparrow to the world-ecology of Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ quest for eternal life and space colonisation, 24/7 is a new body of work that explores sleep as the final frontier of late capitalism. 

“Sleep will always collide with the demands of a 24/7 universe… hunger, thirst, sexual desire, and recently the need for friendship—have been remade into commodified or financialized forms. Sleep poses the idea of a human need and interval of time that cannot be colonized and harnessed to a massive engine of profitability, and thus remains an incongruous anomaly and site of crisis in the global present… The stunning, inconceivable reality is that nothing of value can be extracted from it.”

– Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the ends of sleep

List of works

Sleep no more (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii), 2021
200cm x 60cm x 60cm
Mesh and cast aluminium, steel, smelted Red Bull cans, Ritalin

Olfactory, 2021
42cm x 40cm x 9cm
Plastic, Red Bull, water, Amazon ‘Sleep Aid’ tablets

Work Wear, 2021
145cm x 75cm x 5cm
Poplin, reflective vinyl, thread

Leisure Wear, 2021
145cm x 75cm x 5cm
Poplin, reflective vinyl, thread, embroidered patches, polyester

Diurnal nocturnal, 2021
Dimensions variable
LED lights purchased off Amazon.com

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This work was devised and created across the unceded lands of the Eastern Kulin Nation, on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung country. The artist acknowledges the sovereign, living culture of First Nations people that connects community, lands, water and skies here, and far beyond this place. This always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

24/7 collaborators:

Artist: Eugenia Lim
Garment tailor/fabrication: Ellie Boekman
Garment design/fabrication: Gemma Baxter
Sculptural fabrication: Julien Comer-Klein and Mark Friedlander
Metal fabrication and installation: Dale Holden
3D modelling and printing: Tony Yu and Melissa Iraheta (NExTlab)
Anonymous workers: Amazon global fulfilment, logistics and supply chain workers; global postal and freight couriers for various companies including UPS and Australia Post; Chinese manufacturing workers
Essays by Rosemary Forde and Alexis Kalagas

Thank you also to: 

Sidsel Becker, Samantha Barrow, Philippa Griffin, Darcy Zelenko, Quino Holland, Mark Shorter, Amy Coombs and Hoda Afshar.