We Woke Up Like This
We sleep about a third of our lives. We need sleep to recharge our batteries for the day ahead, to stay cognitively fit and healthy. For most of us, the day ends when we go to bed. The next day begins with waking up, more precisely when we get up from where we are sleeping. Every day we leave many traces on this planet, visible and invisible. We leave the first trace of the day shortly after waking up: We get out of our bed. This trace is often blurred within the first minutes of the day, when we make the bed. The unmade bed is usually not given any attention. With my work, I wanted to precisely document this first trace. The work shows in a blunt way the different varieties of first traces, those we leave at the start of our days. For the symbols, I used the morning traces of my girlfriend and myself by taking a picture of our bed. In addition, every morning we filled out a sleep questionnaire. This resulted in 45 unique symbols that each tell their own story. These are labeled with the times when my girlfriend (left half of the bed) and I (right half of the bed) got up in the morning.
Lukas Jäger, 27, lives in Basel, Switzerland. Originally a trained print technologist, he is now studying visual communication/graphic design with a focus on interaction design at the Basel Academy of Art and Design. He also works as a graphic designer and a tutor for screen printing at the academy. In his spare time he likes to cook, participate in sports and, of course, loves to sleep.