CIRCADIAN RHYTHMZ: TWITCH WHILE YOU TWITCH (2020)


Video Game
Duration: Until you fall asleep
Photography: Lizzie Klein
Model: Chlo @deathbysanrio

A ‘sleep twitch’ (also known as a hypnogogic jerk) is a strong, involuntary contraction a body feels as it falls asleep. It resembles the sensation of jumping and falling.  

The pressures of 24/7 entertainment are exhibited within an emergent subgenre of live streaming: the video gamer who falls asleep in front of their camera while playing a video game (as seen on Twitch). Earning thousands of dollars and viewers from sleeping, their body becomes an interactive landscape for their audience, turning sleep into a status symbol and luxury item. Circadian Rhythmzzz is a video game that viewers can play in order to fall asleep, exploring new screen based sleep patterns and gamified landscapes.