The Sleepers, 1992Video installationEdition 1: Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal
Seven metal barrels are filled to the brim with water. They each contain a black-and-white video monitor positioned on the bottom. Each monitor shows a recording of a person’s face while asleep, presented with little or no editing. A different person appears in each barrel, and they remain isolated from each other on their individual screens beneath the water. The soft light from the video screens emerges from each barrel and diffuses in the room.
long, exalted narrative poem, usually on a serious subject, centered on a heroic figure. The earliest epics, known as primary, or original, epics, were shaped from the legends of an age when a nation was conquering and expanding; such is the foundation of the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, of the Iliad and the Odyssey of the Greek Homer, and of the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf. Literary, or secondary, epics, written in conscious imitation of earlier forms, are most notably represented by Vergil's Aeneid and