Sleeping Cells / OpenStreets2021

Sleeping Cells  / OpenStreets2021


The Sleeping Cells by Kris Verdonck are metal frames with hammocks made from recycled seat belts. You will find them in each of the six participating streets of OpenStreets 21.


"Sleep in the way I see it now, is something anarchistic, not in a destructive way, but dangerously constructive." 

The Sleeping Cells are metal frames with hammocks in which people can take a rest. They can be placed outside or inside the theatre, or even in the city, in public places like parks, on squares, by the river, etc. They encourage passers-by to take a nap. 

Sleep is about quality time, quality-living, learning, understanding, evolving. However, sleep is absolutely underestimated in our society: it is looked at as a complete waste of time. Sleep in the way I see it now, is something anarchistic, not in a destructive way, but dangerously constructive. […] During our sleep, the brain renders information on all levels. If we want to understand the world that surrounds us, sleeping time is essential. To be able to take good decisions in our lives, ‘we have to sleep on it’. […] Our way of living and the organisation of society do not permit us to take our time to sleep, and by this, to take the right decisions. Without sleep, our ideas and knowledge become superficial, like mass products, and therefore easy to be overruled. Our ideas become less dangerous. So in this sense, time really becomes a resource. It’s a beautiful contradiction: by doing nothing we are more productive and our knowledge is more profound… we become less fragile in a world with too much information and too much choices. Kris Verdonck

The summer of 2021 is set to be unforgettable! Not due to Covid this time, but because of OpenStreets 21. Several cultural centres in Brussels, Filter Café Filtré Atelier and Cultureghem have joined forces and are taking to the streets. The result will be a summer full of free performances and workshops held in six summery streets throughout Brussels. How about a dance performance, for instance, in Molenbeek's Opzichterstraat/ Rue de l'Intendant? Or an ‘imagine the future’ workshop in Vanderborghtstraat/Rue Vanderborght in Jette-Koekelberg? Or why not prepare a meal together in Saint-Gilles' Emile Féronstraat/Rue Emile Féron?

OpenStreets21 is a collaborative project between Kanal, Filter Café Filtré Atelier, Ultima Vez, KVS, Cultureghem, Kaaitheater and Brussels 2030 set to take place in six summery streets.

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