Lay Flat, 2023

Lay flat



100% Virgin Wool

With her work „Lay Flat“, the artist Hannah Cooke invites you to understand sleep, loafing, and doing nothing as a practice of resistance. Her work is engaged with the Chinese protest movement Tang Ping (lying flat). Here, young Chinese people withdraw themself from the 996-System (working from nine in the morning until nine in the evening six days a week) through idleness. The quiet protest of lying down makes humans useless for the exploitative factories, which form their place of work. Although labour rejection is not a new phenomenon, with half a billion clicks on social media Tang Ping achieved new visibility and is a movement with global resonance.

Text by curators:
Francesca Romana Audretsch & Lotti Brockmann

Exhibition view at Akademie der Künste Wien, 2023
Audio part of the work

About the exhibition:
Sleepy Politics: How to learn about conviviality and alternative life forms through sleep
A….kademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Exhibit Galerie
With contributions by:
Black Power Naps (Fannie Sosa & Niv Acosta)
Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun  & Osman Özarslan 
Hannah Cooke 
Emil Frederking @emil_frederking & Lisa Starmans
Stella Geppert 
Inside Job (Ula Lucińska  & Michał Knychaus 
Jannis Neumann 
Cristina Díaz Moreno & Efrén García Grinda 
Unstable Bodies (Christian Freude, Christina Jauernik, Johann Lurf, Jonathan Moser
Fabian Puttinger, Rüdiger Suppin)
Anna Watzinger