The New Sleep I and II


Lisa Carrie Goldberg is a Canadian-born multidisciplinary artist currently practicing in Perth, Australia.

Her projects often take the form of full-sensory installations that mimic psychological and sociological experiments.

Her work examines the realm of art and science, covering topics in neuroscience, anthropometry, microbiology and sleep science. One aspect of her artistic process involves research and collaborations with non-artists.

In 2012, Lisa will earn her Master of Science in Biological Arts from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and she is currently teaching the Art and Life Manipulation unit at UWA.

From November 2011 – January 2012, Lisa will be an artist-in-residence at Fremantle Arts Centre.

Her works have been shown in Canada, United States, Europe and Australia.

The New Sleep 1 by Lisa Carrie Goldberg.

The New Sleep I by Lisa Carrie Goldberg

The New Sleep II by Lisa Carrie Goldberg.

The New Sleep II by Lisa Carrie Goldberg

The New Sleep is a series of photographs inspired by contemporary sleep science technologies. For the past three years, I have focused my thesis research and my art practise on harnessing sleep as a medium in an endeavour to further comprehend the phenomenon of this somnolent state. An aspect of this investigation involved observing clinical sleep studies which are designed for diagnosing sleep-related disorders.

This photography series was produced while I was doing field research inside the sleep laboratories at The Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia. The New Sleep features medical paraphernalia employed to aid with limited breathing and oxygen loss in patients with sleep apnoea. As the number of sleep apnoea cases in Australia is rapidly growing every year, my research into the field of sleep science has provoked me to ask the question, β€œIs this what the new, natural sleep looks like?”

This series of photographs is a component of my investigation and aided by Dr. Ionat Zurr, SymbioticA and Peter Eastwood and Stuart King, The Centre for Sleep Science; The School of Anatomy and Human Biology. The images were composed in a studio in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, a location which enabled me to take the photographs on a rare 20 x 24 inch Polaroid camera.