Dayna McLeod

Having experienced sleep disturbances for several years, and curious about the impact the pandemic would have on them, Dayna McLeod committed to documenting her nights throughout the residency. To do so, she installed a surveillance camera at the foot of her bed and meticulously captured the sixty nights that made up the residency. Restless, the work resulting from this documentation, is based on our individual ability to monitor all aspects of our daily lives. This monitoring, facilitated by cameras, sensors and other measuring instruments available on the market, allows us to examine our body's reactions to various stimuli. The night vision, with its inadvertent shortcomings, is distinctly reminiscent of surveillance cameras, including an aesthetic that has been appropriated in horror movies and video art. A selection of the filmed excerpts, some of which can be found on the artist's virtual studio, was then edited into a twenty-minute video. By documenting the projection of the work on an exterior surface, the artist proposes a reintegration of the logic of surveillance of her practice into her mode of presentation. Another deconfinement thus emerges: that of the work, which moves from the intimacy of the artist's bedroom to a public presentation.