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A Practice for Surrender

Tõnis Jürgens



12m49s (excerpt: 1m50s)




Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia

Sleep has become an ideological field of tension. In the face of digital optimisation, as our once romanticised realm of dreams is fragmented, clustered and sold off as so many units of data, it would seem as if surrender and absence provide the best form of resistance. In a brief paranoid scrutiny of self-surveillance and theories of digital humanities, this video essay is orbited by elements of distraction, adaptation, and the inadvertent emergence of meaning.

The online exhibition shows an excerpt of the film.

A Practice for Surrender is part of Tõnis Jürgens’s ongoing artistic research Quantification of Sleep, which entails thematics of digital sleep tracking and autofiction.

Tõnis Jürgens (b. 1989) is an artist and writer based in Tallinn. He holds a BA in culture theory from Tallinn University and an MA in new media from the Estonian Academy of Arts. He’s also spent a year studying at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague (UMPRUM). In 2022 he was awarded the Eduard Wiiralt scholarship. He is currently a guest lecturer and PhD candidate at the Estonian Academy of Arts.