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R.K. Projects + Magic Lantern CinemaPresent

a very special screening of:


 by Andy Warhol

featuring John Giorno

5.5hr long-form cinema projected on 16mm film
w/ a performance of Erik Satie's, Vexations (1893)
by Sakiko Mori, Daryl Seaver and XSV  @ 6:15pm

Saturday February 18th from 6pm - 2am

40 Rice Street



           Andy Warhol, Sleep, 1963,  16mm film, b/w, silent, 5 hours and 21 
minutes @16fps 
           ©2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie 
Institute. All rights reserved.           Film still courtesy of The Andy 
Warhol Museum
“What is sleep, after all, but the metabolic transformation of the entire 
of time, our nightly release from the clock’s prison…”  - Stephen Koch
Sleep harbors a potential to alter the temporal fabric of our world. What would 
it mean to live the time of sleep while awake, to collectively activate its 
other temporality in a pocket of space and sleep awake together?  If sleeping 
together amounts to “sharing an inertia, an equal force that maintains the two 
bodies together,” then the stillness of sleep may paradoxically give way to a 
journey, with bodies “drifting like… narrow boats moving off to the same open 
sea, toward the same horizon always concealed afresh in mists…”1
Magic Lantern Cinema and RK Projects have collaborated to present an off-site 
screening of Andy Warhol’s 5.5hr anti-film – Sleep. The first film that Warhol 
made after purchasing a 16mm camera in 1963, Sleep began as an experiment to 
document an activity that the amphetamine-induced energy of the 1960s seemed to 
be rendering obsolete. Yet Warhol’s film is not simply a documentary, but an 
erotic milieu for ruminating the philosophical implications of time and 
repetition, as well as a physical meditation on the non-narrative materiality 
of film itself. Warhol completed the film after his experience attending John 
Cage’s 1963 performance of Erik Satie’s epically repetitive work for piano, 
Vexations, (1893) – a 52-beat segment played slowly and in succession 840 
times. The repetitive structure of Vexations is apparent in Sleep as well: 
recorded as a series of long takes using 100 ft. magazines (approx. 3 mins) 
shot from multiple angles over a
 period of several weeks, the shots were then repeated through loop-printing 
and spliced together end-to-end, with emulsion and perforations left as-is.  
And though the entire film was shot at sound speed (24fps), it was meant to be 
projected at silent speed (16 or 18fps), causing movements to appear in an 
ethereal slow-motion.  The result is a highly constructed piece of minimalist 
long-form cinema whose emphasis on time, materiality, repetition, and the 
quotidian has drawn comparisons to modernist painting while also earning Warhol 
a position as “the major precursor of structural film” and a 1964 Independent 
Film Award for “taking cinema back to its origins.”2
Sleep premiered in New York City’s Gramercy Arts Theater in 1963.  But the 
film’s extreme stillness and duration have been said to promote a more casual 
and intermittent approach to spectatorship than that affiliated with theatrical 
exhibition, encouraging viewers to “chat during the screening, leave for a 
hamburger and return, [or] greet friends [while] the film serenely devolve[s] 
up there on the screen.”3  In an effort to cultivate such an experience and 
acknowledge Warhol’s diverse experiments with non-theatrical exhibition forms 
(from the Factory walls to live multimedia performances), this screening will 
be held in a vacant, slumbering warehouse at 40 Rice St., generously donated by 
The Armory Revival Co. in Providence, RI. To mark this significant event, there 
will also be a staging of the musical performance that inspired the film. Three 
Providence-based musicians will be conducting a 45 minute performance of Erik 
Satie’s Vexations
 immediately preceding the screening. In addition, a selection of relevant 
reading materials will be on display at the screening.

Refreshments will be provided along with chairs, but viewers can enter and exit 
at will, and sleeping bags are strongly encouraged.  Join us for an evening of 
Funded by the Malcolm S. Forbes
Center for Culture and Media Studies
Brown University

RK Projects + Magic Lantern Cinema
40 Rice Street
Providence, RI 02907
1 Jean-Luc Nancy, The Fall of Sleep (New York: Fordham UP, 2009): 19.
2 P. Adams Sitney, Visionary Film (New York: Oxford UP, 2002): 349; Film 
Culture 33 (Summer 1964): 1.
3 Stephen Koch, Stargazer: The Life, World and Films of Andy Warhol (New York: 
Marion Boyars, 1991): 39.


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