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[John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture] NEW CIRCADIA (Adventures in Mental Spelunking) To Thu, Apr 30/20 1 Spadina Cres Gallery Tues - Sun 9-9

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NEW CIRCADIA (Adventures in Mental Spelunking) To Thu, Apr 30/20 1 Spadina Cres Gallery Tues - Sun 9-9

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John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture
New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking) inaugurates the new Architecture and Design Gallery at the Daniels Faculty by transforming it into a cave-like atmosphere — a soft utopia.

Curated by Professor Richard Sommer and New York-based designers Pillow Culture, the immersive installation prompts participants to ask: Have our tech-infused lives caused us to forget the benefits and pleasures of losing ourselves in states of repose and reverie? What would happen if we disconnected from standard time and external stimuli within a dream-like space specifically designed for relaxation, reflection, and repose?

This immersive installation was inspired by Dr. Nathaniel Kleitman’s 1938 Mammoth Cave experiment (the first instance of a scientific research laboratory for studying natural human cycles of sleep and wakefulness). New Circadia will engage the city, our students, and the entire University of Toronto community in a variety of experiences — including happenings, multidisciplinary performances, dialogues, film screenings, and nocturnes — to probe and conjure notions of geological, mythical, mechanical, and biological time.

Exhibition support is provided through the Lorne M. Gertner Fund.

How it works
The interactive installation is made up of three zones. Beginning at the east entrance of the Daniels Building, visitors enter a subterranean space through a Transitory Zone or “mouth of the cave,” illuminated with Axis Coelux technology, which recreates the look and feel of a blue sky. Here, visitors store their belongings and choose from a variety of body wearables or “spelunking gear.”

Then, moving though a felt envelope, participants enter the main cave space, an uncanny Dark Zone, with a large yet soft rock-like lounge-scape, animated with responsive sound and light. Oneiroi, a curtained-off area on the upper tier of the cave, invites visitors to anonymously record their dreams and listen to those recorded by others.

Throughout the installation, visitors are invited to make use of the cave’s soft infrastructure, including its felted floors and walls, to engage in self-directed rest and meditation.

Children must be supervised at all times.

Going Underground
To go underground is to suspend a sense of time, to exit the everyday world, and to evade authority. To descend into a cave is to return to a lithic past enhanced by mythical, cultural, and historical associations with underworlds, oracles, magic, ritual, sanctuary, and seclusion. New Circadia offers a paradisiacal retreat in the pursuit of circadian reverie.

Why New Circadia?
Is it time to put architecture to sleep? The biology that undergirds our well-being presumes being at rest during at least one-third of our lives. Nevertheless, the mechanization of life has evolved to an extent that we can be “plugged-in” at all hours. A central feature of this pursuit of an optimized state of productivity is a reciprocity between architecture and technology. The late-19th-century standardization of time that came with railroads and telegraphs; the 20th-century appearance of tall, electrified cities; and the 21st-century primacy of the World Wide Web, which has enabled the spread of a globalized gig economy that crosses time zones — all are part of this temporal “architecture” of modernity.

Because architecture today is inextricably bound up in the urbanization of the planet, it needs to pay as much attention to the marking of time as it historically has to the manipulation of space. And yet, the very culture of architecture has been built upon a fascination with adopting mindsets and accelerating technologies that facilitate long work hours and sleeplessness. How can architects counter the over-mechanization of everyday life?

And how can architects convey the idea that idling — whether by sleeping, dreaming, napping, or meditating — is not lost, unproductive time, but rather an essential state of mind and body? By creating a dreamlike space where individuals and collectives can incubate states of rest, reflection, and reverie, New Circadia will test how architecture and landscapes can play a role in nurturing a greater interior life.

New Circadia in the press
SOAP & WASH YOUR HANDS! Cough InTo Arm Pits.
I Don't Take Prisoners. We Eat Them.
Better to have a Green Thumb than a Brown Nose!
I am Offended You're Offended.