Residency Program Title
Swiss artists-in-labs Programm 2010
Institute Lab Title
Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG), Université de Lausanne
Sandra Huber is a Swiss-Canadian poet and writer. She lives and works in Montreal. She completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and was editor-in-chief of Dear Sir, an online magazine for experimental literature. In addition to short stories, the author continues to devote herself to poetry. For several years, she has dealt intensively with the theme of sleep, its history and importance.
Sandra Huber was able to deepen her previous literary investigation on sleep at the Center for Integrative Genomics (CIG) and at the sleep lab at CHUV, University of Lausanne. The findings of scientific sleep research, in particular the fact that sleep is a very active state, has been a reflection of many poet's longstanding interpretation of sleep as a death-like condition. She made herself available as a subject in the sleep laboratory, where the electrical activity of her brain during sleep was measured with electroencephalogram (EEG). The artist overwrote the recorded data, which is presented in the form of waves, with her own poetry. "Assembling the Morrow" is a long poem written directly on Sandra Huber's brainwaves. The recorded waves can scarcely comprehend the abundance of language - like the language can not grasp images from dreams. Through her work the artist interpreted the state of sleep, which until then had been understood as passive, as very active and allowed a poetic access to scientific data.