Sleep Walk, Sleep Talk

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film still no. 0022 , 2011 Fujitrans And Lightbox © Suki Chan
Sleep Walk, Sleep Talk

150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
United Kingdom
June 1st, 2012 - June 10th, 2012
Opening: June 1st, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

city, barbican
020 7001 9844
Mon-Sun 10-6
London Festival of Photography, installation, video-art
Free. Disabled Access: This event has wheelchair access


This is part of the London Festival of Photography.

To complement the Museum of London’s Dickens and London exhibition, artist Suki Chan has installed a series of evocative, emblematic lightbox stills from her video installation Sleep Walk, Sleep Talk in the Museum of London entrance hall.

Curated by the Museum of London, the installation follows in the footsteps of Dickens’ essay Night Walks in creating a dreamlike portrait of London by night. Presented as a series of large-format photographic light boxes and a neon-light text, Chan’s images include hazy, shimmering panoramas of the nocturnal city, shots of skaters reclaiming the streets after dark and weary commuters on the top-deck of the night bus.  A neon text ‘When I go home the day becomes my night’, drawn from an interview Chan made with a security-guard, expresses the world of night-working.

This exhibition is succeeded by London Photographs 1957-62 - Frederick Wilfred  from 16 June to 8 July.

The Museum of London is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens in the first major UK exhibition for over 40 years.

Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, you'll be taken on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs, costume and objects illustrate themes that Dickens wove into his works, while rarely seen manuscripts including Bleak House and David Copperfield – written in the author’s own hand – offer clues to his creative genius.