Getting Out of Bed

Laura Paolini

2019, 25:29 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 2122.00

Getting Out of Bed ​(2019) revolves around one object, an IKEA mattress, where an action creates different planes of experience. In this work, I cut myself out from within said mattress. Once I fully appear, I remove the mattress from the bedroom, extract its interior parts, then finally remove the mattress' insides from the house and leave it at the garbage bin. The absurd humour that support the work transforms the action from symbolic to pragmatic.

The video exists in a space between documentation, video and sound art. It is an exercise of endurance in the vein of 1970s body art. It is also a materialist exploration. Removing myself from the mattress pulls attention to the tools needed, the foam's malleability, and the shape of my body. Broader implications emerge as the sounds of the environment surrounding the action situate the space outside of an exclusively art-based context and in the "natural environment" of said mattress. The presence of a camera (and camera operator) is also implicated in the actions. These elements imbue and mobilize the work.

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