Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine
For Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine a group of people memorise a book of their choice. Together they form a small collection of living books. The ‘books’ can be found in the library: they walk around, talk to each other, read ‘real’ (paper) books and ... are ready to be ‘read’ by a visitor. The library visitor chooses a title and the ‘living book’ takes its reader to a quiet place in the library or outside for a walk. Meanwhile, the ‘book’ recites its contents for the visitor.
This ‘library of living books’ is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 which describes a future society in which books are banned because they are considered dangerous; it’s believe that happiness must be obtained through an absence of knowledge and individual thought. Fahrenheit 451 refers to the temperature at which paper books start to burn. In the book, an underground resistance movement arises with its members memorising books for their future preservation.
Creditsconcept Adriano Wilfert Jensen, Bruno De Wachter, Caroline Daish, David Helbich, Dolores Hulan, Irena Radmanovic, Julie Pfleiderer, Justine Maxelon, Katja Dreyer, Kristien Van den Brande, Lilia Mestre, Mette Edvardsen, Sarah Ludi, Sébastien Hendrickx, Simon Asencio, Sonia Si Ahmed, Thomas Bîrzan, Tiziana Penna, Tom Engels, Vincent Dunoyer, Wouter Krokaert, ... | production Mette Edvardsen/ Athome & Manyone vzw | co-production Dubbelspel - STUK Kunstencentrum & 30CC (Leuven), Dance Umbrella (London), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), NEXT Arts Festival (Valenciennes, Lille, Kortrijk, Villeneuve d'Ascq), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), osloBIENNALEN FIRST EDITION 2019-2024 (Oslo) | with support by Norsk Kulturråd | special thanks to Bibliothèque royale de Belgique/Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Sarah Vanhee, Els De Bodt | title “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine” is a sentence from a book by Alexander Smith appearing in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)