Sleeping on the line

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    Elżbieta Wysakowska-Walters

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    video / experimental video

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    security, work, industrial, sleeping on the line

Sleeping on the line is an expression in contemporary English language which refers to the state of extreme tiredness. It is not the contemporary meaning, however, which is the focus of my work, but the original one dating back to the times of the Industrial Revolution. I was inspired by the social aspect of the experience and it seems to me that a reconstruction of the situation with the line, even without a prior knowledge of the context, could be a meaningful act for contemporary people. I feel that through bringing back the original, long forgotten, meaning, I open up for examination a profusion of meanings in contemporary culture. To start with the situation of migrant workers in contemporary Europe, and to arrive at the fragility or lack of security in contemporary society, the interdependency and outer forces regulating our lives. I am referring here to the overpowering feeling of helplessness and restriction.

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