Memory tape of the Day

Each night a short audio composition was heard outside the entrance to the bookstore. Inside a single dream image flooded the back wall. This was repeated every night for six weeks, with a different image.

During the day a stack of altered books, copies of Georges Polti’s The 36 Dramatic Situations, with tiny images and altered text slipped between the bound pages, were the only residue of the previous night’s "work".

JOey MOrgan, Printed Matter NYC

Joey Morgan, Printed Matter NYCJoey Morgan, Printed Matter NYC


Every morning I find a letter next to my bed -- I think my husband writes them to me while I'm sleeping. Sometimes he describes his dreams and sometimes his dreams sound like my dreams full of my animals, crocodiles and whales...

 

Our subject this evening is sleep, going to sleep, in the natural way that many people seem to have forgotten these days. In fact, learning to sleep can be so enjoyable that at any time you can put down the phone and go to sleep. You may notice ...


The work began with an excerpt from a telephone help line which assists callers to fall asleep"

Our subject this evening is sleep, going to sleep...

Each night a short audio composition (including the telephone service, Cocteau’s Orpheé radio announcements, the sound of a clear running stream, Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice, a solo improvisational saxophone, birds flying and attacking, and isolated voice-overs) was heard outside the entrance to the bookstore. Inside a single dream image flooded the back wall. This was repeated every night for six weeks, with a different image every night.

During the day a stack of altered books near the cash register, copies of Georges Polti’s The 36 Dramatic Situations, with tiny images and audio text slipped between the bound pages, were the only residue of the previous night’s "work".


(1993) Printed Matter Bookstore, New York City.
Six-week night time performance/installation with stacks of altered books on the store counter during the day.