Penelope sleeps
It could be that the saddest thing
     is not knowing that one is sad
Music For Lectures/ Every word
     was once an animal
I can’t quite place it
We to be
No Title
Time has fallen asleep in
     the afternoon sunshine
every now and then
or else nobody will know
Time will show (detail)
Private collection
Faits divers
coffee & cigarette
Artist in Residence
The way/ you move
Light Shade Shade
Not Not Nothing
Time has fallen asleep in
     the afternoon sunshine
Afternoon Editions
Objects 2002 - 2015
We to be
every now and then
Time will show (detail)

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (2010)

photo by Document Photography - Sydney Biennale (2016)

For ‘Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine’ a group of people/ performers memorize a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of living books. The books are passing their time in a library, sitting in chairs, walking around, talking together, looking out of the window, reading in paper-books from the shelves, ready to be consulted by a visitor. The visitors of the library choose a book they would like to read, and the book brings its reader to a place or setting in the library, in the cafeteria, or for a walk outside, while reciting its content (and possibly valid interpretations).

The idea for this library of living books comes from the science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451. It is a future vision of a society where books are forbidden because they are considered dangerous, that happiness must be obtained through an absence of knowledge and individual thought. The number 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper starts to burn. As books are forbidden in this society an underground community of people learn books by heart in order to preserve them for the future.

Books are read to remember and written to forget. To memorize a book, or more poetically ‘to learn a book by heart’, is in a way a rewriting of that book. In the process of memorizing, the reader for a moment steps into the place of the writer, or rather he/ she is becoming the book. Maybe the ability to learn a whole book by heart is relative to what book you choose, the time you invest, and perhaps your skills. But, however much or well you learn something by heart you have to keep practicing it otherwise you will forget it again. Perhaps by the time you reach the end you will have forgotten the beginning. Learning a book by heart is an ongoing activity and doing. There is nothing final or material to achieve, the practice of learning a book by heart is a continuous process of remembering and forgetting.

concept: Mette Edvardsen
with: Aaron Virdee, Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Alexandra Napier, Angela Goh, Bruno de Wachter, Camilla Høg, Caroline Daish, Chloe Fisher, David Helbich, Dominik Smaruj, Elly Clarke, Esperanza Gomez Carrera, Ewa Chmielewska, Giota Bibli, Helena Polasik, Irena Radmanovic, Irini Tsava, Isadora Angelini, Jaanika Tammaru, Jan Kühling, Johan Sonnenschein, Kaarel Targo, Kamil Malecki, Kaija M. Kalvet, Katarzyna Stankiewicz, Katja Dreyer, Kristien Van den Brande, Kristine Øren, Kristo Veinberg, Laura Niils, Léa Poiré, Lilia Mestre, Lizzie Thompson, Luigi Pignati, Mari Matre Larsen, Marit Ødegaard, Maria Psarologou, Marios Kritikopoulos, Martin Slaatto, Mette Edvardsen, Michealangelo Miccolis, Mihkel Kallaste, Moqapi Selassie, Muna Mussie, Nicholas Von Kleist, Patricia Woods, Philip Holyman, Pivinnguaq Mørch, Rauno Polman, Razan Akramawy, Rhiannon Newton, Rosemary Lee, Sarah Ludi, Sara Masotti, Sébastien Hendrickx, Simon Asencio, Sonia Si Ahmed, Staffan Eek, Tiziana Penna, Tom Engels, Ulf Nilseng, Usama Zurba, Vincent Dunoyer, Wouter Krokaert, ...

production assistant: Maya Wilsens
production: Mette Edvardsen/ Athome & Manyone
co-production: NEXT Arts Festival (Valenciennes, Lille, Kortrijk, Villeneuve d’Ascq), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Dance Umbrella (London), Dubbelspel - STUK Kunstencentrum & 30CC (Leuven)
supported by: Norsk Kulturråd
additional support by: Fond for Lyd og Bilde, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Flemish Authorities
special thanks to: Bibliothèque royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Sarah Vanhee, Els De Bodt

title: “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” is a sentence from a book by Alexander Smith appearing in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953).


Dansand (Ostende) 5, 6, 7 July 2019
IMMATERIAL Vol. 3, Material Art Fair (Mexico City) 7, 8, 9 February 2019
Index Foundation (Stockholm) 25 January - 17 March 2019
NEXT Arts Festival, La rose des vents, Bibliothèque Universitaire SHS – Sciences Humaines et Sociales (Villeneuve d’Ascq) 27, 28, 29, 30 Novembre 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, Schouwburg Kortrijk, Art Centre BUDA, Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Kortrijk) 21, 22, 23, 24 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, Théâtre du Nord, Médiathèque La Grand Plage (Roubaix) 15 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, Théâtre du Nord, Médiathèque de Lille Sud (Lille) 16 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, Théâtre du Nord, Médiathèque André Malraux (Tourcoing) 17 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, le phénix scène national pôle européen de création, Médiathèque Le Quai (Condé-sur-L'escaut) 13 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, le phénix scène national pôle européen de création, Bibliothèque Victor Hugo (Onnaing) 9 November 2018
NEXT Arts Festival, le phénix scène national pôle européen de création, Bibliothèque universitaire du Mont-Houy - Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (Aulnoy-lez-Valenciennes) 10, 12, 14 November 2018
Nordnorsk Kunstsenter& Rana Bibliotek (Mo i Rana) 1, 2, 3 February 2018
De Nacht van Permeke, Bibliotheek Permeke (Antwerp) 6 January 2018
Jugendstilsenteret, Kunstmuseet KUBE & Ålesund bibliotek (Ålesund) 2, 3 December 2017
Nuuk Nordic & The Public and National Library of Greenland (Nuuk) 17, 18, 19, 20 October 2017
Imir Scenekunst, Kapittel & Stavanger bibliotek (Stavanger) 20, 21, 22, 23 September 2017
Kortreist Dansefestival & Inderøy bibliotek (Inderøy) 27, 28 June 2017
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Ravenstein Gallery (Brussels) 6 - 27 May 2017
Live Arts Week – Gianni Peng VI by Xing (Bologna) 26 April 2017
What is Happening to Our Brain, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) 24 March 2017
The Giver, The Guest & The Host, OSLO PILOT, Posthallen (Oslo) 17, 18 November 2016
Weld & Stockholms Statsbibliotek (Stockholm) 29, 30 October 2016
Kristiansand Kunsthall & Kristiansand Folkebibliotek (Kristiansand) 21, 22, 23 October 2016
Indiscipline, Palais de Tokyo (Paris) 3, 4 September 2016
Sydney Biennale & Newtown Library (Sydney) 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 March 2016
Mind the Book, Vooruit & Openbare Bibliotheek (Gent) 9, 10, 11, 12 March 2016
Le Quartz & Bibliotèque Unviversitaire de Lettres de Brest (Brest) 3, 4, 5 March 2016
Keine Disziplin, Gessnerallee &PBZ Bibliothek Altstadt (Zurich) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 February 2016
Santarcangelo festival & Biblioteca comunale A. Baldini (Santarcangelo) 9-12, 14-19 July 2015
Translate, intertwine, transgress! Moderna Museet & MDT (Stockholm) 11, 12, 13 June 2015
MaerzMusik, Berliner Festspiele (Berlin) 21, 22 March 2015
Ordkalotten litteraturfestival & Tromsø Bibliotek (Tromsø) 1, 2, 3, 4 October 2014
Festival Baltoscandal & Lääne-Viru County Central Library (Rakvere) 3, 4, 5 July 2014
Bonds of Culture festival, Kana Teatr & Public Library Szczecin (Szczecin) 3, 4, 5 July 2014
Sommerszene, Szene Salzburg & Stadtbibliothek (Salzburg) 26, 27, 28 June 2014
Live Arts Week – Gianni Peng III by Xing & Biblioteca Salaborsa (Bologna) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 April 2014
Bonds of Culture festival, Kana Teatr & Public Library Szczecin (Szczecin) 5, 6 July 2013
Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Bibliothèque royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Brussels) 4, 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 May 2013
Æ Å Litteraturfestival, Teaterhuset Avant Garden & Trondheim Folkebibliotek (Trondheim) 2, 3, 4 May 2013
A Thing At A Time, Witte de With (Rotterdam) 20 April 2013
MIR festival & National Library (Athens) 10, 11, 12, 13 December 2012
Dansefestival Barents & Hammerfest Bibliotek (Hammerfest) 8, 9, 10 November 2012
Oktoberdans, BIT & Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek (Bergen) 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 October 2012
Dance Umbrella & Islington Central Library (London) 10, 11, 12, 13 October 2012
In-Presentable, La Casa Encendida (Madrid) 10 - 24 June 2012
Fierce Festival & Central Library (Birmingham) 30, 31 March + 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 April 2012
Marstrand vol. IV, Black Box Teater & Deichmanske Bibliotek Grünerløkka (Oslo) 23, 24, 25 March 2012
Something Raw, Frascati & Pintohuis Bibliotheek (Amsterdam) 15, 17, 18 February 2012
Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma'Mal Foundation & The Educational Bookshop (Jerusalem) 28, 29, 31 October + 1, 2 November 2011
Playground, STUK & Bibliotheek Tweebronnen (Leuven) 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 November 2010

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photos by L. Bernaerts