Hibernating is not the same as sleeping. Many hibernating animals raise their heart rate and body temperature in order to sleep, to rest.
The Hibernation Project is a domestic art intervention occurring weekly from Winter to Spring. A tool for embracing – and combating – Winter in Canada, each weekend an open community of artists, musicians, and participants respond to a theme, installing work in and around a house for the duration of one night. Intended as a gratifying, productive, and immediate experience, artworks are free from the pressure of bureaucracy and perfection. The Hibernation Project is a gestation period for concepts, for workshopping ideas, for snowy day projects, for the dreams of we who wake to sleep.
Learn more about the history of The Hibernation Project here.
Balanced at the precipice between all our yesterdays and all our tomorrows
All our autumns and all our springs
Not sleeping, we dream the dreams of in-betweens
of the stamen when the petals fold
of the trees while their friend the beaver sleeps
of the river frozen solid
waiting for thaw trickle to become roar.
These dreams are the sharpest
most violent, technicolour
evading our memory in deep slumber
but just below the skin
They are angled, like geodes
They are set against the darkness
shadows in the cave
shadows of still more caves and shadows and caves and shadows
stretching outward, and in: all directions.
Do we wake from hibernation?
To sleep, to dream softer dreams?
Or do we bolt, upright and shivering,
starved for meat and togetherness
stumbling out into the light
and blinded once again
forgetting the sun
forgetting time by woke minute, hour, day
forgetting the pale expanse beyond our isolated, insulated
wrapped in coats and blankets
searching the empty plains of nowhere
for each other
that isn’t ourselves?
We hibernate, forgetting
We hibernate, remembering something raw, celestial, and new
We close our eyes and slow our hearts and drop into nothing that is something
not dreaming, we see the future,
and release it from our grasp
in exchange for return
at the end of winter
to a promise of waking.