Martin is Asleep


Celje, Slovenia, 2001

Martin is Asleep consists of a video of a nude man sleeping, projected on an actual doll's house bed about five inches long. The man's very quiet breathing can be heard. Ataman's aim is to turn this image into an icon, something that is very little but very big at the same time. This 1999 work is really the resurgence of the fool in the age of reason, in what humanity naively assumed would be the dawn of a new civilization at the turn of the century. Irresponsible yet vulnerable, foolish yet truthful and wise, the man sleeps through it all.

The same image has also been shown on a huge screen overlooking Leicester Square in London so that the relationship with the viewer is the total opposite.