Im/perfect Slumbers

November 19, 2022–April 30, 2023 

A result of textile artist and researcher Katya Oicherman’s long-term residency at the M, Im/perfect Slumbers is a multi-disciplinary series of events and installations occurring at the M’s windows, gallery and sculpture space. Iwill feature diverse voices of local  artists, writers, and cultural activists to capture the historical and the contemporary state of sleeping and being in bed.

Sleeping habits, behaviors and objects are all very diverse, yet the very necessity of sleep is shared by all human beings and animals. Those familiar and accessible everyday objects and practices  will serve as a conversation opener to reflect on the multitude of social, political, and psychological phenomena related to sleep and rest. Through the soft aesthetics of textiles and associative imagery of dreams, the series will address health, gender, home, labor, and race, enlivening the significance of sleep while envisaging alternatives to the frenzied rallies of modern productivity. 

Most of the work will be specially commissioned for the M’s window spaces, including visual and sound installations based on the history of the building as the home of the first local newspaper, The Minnesota Pioneer. In this way the building itself will become a “dreaming-back” machine bringing to life the imperfect slumbers of Minnesotans from one hundred and seventy years ago. 

Homespun, hand sewn linen sheets ca.1880s; Minnesota Historical Society material collections; num. 63.123.24

Photograph by Katya Oicherman