The Unsleep
Danilo Correale

The Unsleep is a photographic tale at the edge of sci-fi and reality, partially adapted from the eponymous 1962 novel by Meir and Diane Gillion. From a portrayal of the telecommunications workers employed in the outsourced service industries, the project articulates the invisible domain of time zones over geographical territories. The lives of the employees in this spaceless time are dominated by artificial light and darkness, with long shifts in front of screens, performing tedious tasks and phone calls where regional accents are normalised to better suit customers located at the opposite end of the globe.

This is a world divided into several, often incoherent, representations — the economic one in which territories have ceased to bear significance, and the politico-cultural one increasingly concerned with borders. The night, as well as the relationship between sleep and wakefulness — modes of production and consumption that define a new chrono-imperialistic domain — become the paradigmatic landscape of this new frontier.