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Feeling (y)our way in the dark: An interview with Jenny Perlin

Perlin, Jenny; Nieuwenhuis, Marijn; Nassar, Aya

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Jenny Perlin

Aya Nassar


The Long Sleepers, also exhibited in part at Simon Preston Gallery, New York (2017), is a long-term artistic project involving 16 mm film, video, performance, and drawings. The current iteration tracks downwards through a sinkhole to discover a cavern hidden deep beneath the earth's surface. This hole is the line of communication through which affect is able to travel from underground to the surface, through darkness, light, silence, trust, fear, disorientation and transformation. Wandering through this suspended subterranean warren reveals episodes that connect long sleepers in characters from German folktales that find their way into early American literature, elements from Greek myth intersecting with Jean Cocteau's Orpheus, novels by Jules Verne and traces of my own personal history in underground spaces.


Perlin, J., Nieuwenhuis, M., & Nassar, A. (2019). Feeling (y)our way in the dark: An interview with Jenny Perlin. Emotion, Space and Society, 33,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 16, 2019
Publication Date Nov 1, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 11, 2021
Journal Emotion, Space and Society
Print ISSN 1755-4586
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33


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Copyright Statement
© 2019 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

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