Oblomov’s Dream

Digital video, 17.45 minutes duration. 2015.

“One morning, in a flat in one of the great buildings of Gorokhovaya Street, there was lying in bed a gentleman of considerable leisure. He was a fellow of a little over thirty, of medium height and pleasant exterior. In his eyes one could discern a complete absence of any definite idea and in his features a complete lack of concentration. Occasionally a thought would wander across his face, flutter for a moment in his eyes, and then disappear, and once more his face would glow with a radiant insouciance.

Who is this, our hero?”

Script adapted by the artist from the 1849 novel Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, with additional material from 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep by Jonathan Crary (2013) and Exhaustion and Exuberance by Jan Verwoert (2008).

Production generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Northern Film and Media and Stills Gallery of Photography, Edinburgh.

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