Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mobile Naps are ongoing...just call for an appointment!

The doors to the Nap-Site at Art League Houston have closed, but the Mobile Naps will continue. You can schedule a Mobile Nap or find out more about them by calling 713-582-1198.

Many thanks to Art League Houston for hosting the project!

Last day at Art League Houston and 48 hour Lock-in

Sign next door at Inversion Coffee House.

View from the (NAP) CAM. (above)

The next morning...

The last night...(below)

Houston, let's take a nap together.

Kolbe, who has become a regular napper at Napping Affects Performance, has shared her own blog entry about NAP and Julia Claire Wallace's Sunday afternoon Community Nap and performance.

"Houston, let's take a nap together."
by Kolbe Ricks on May 25, 2010

A dimly lit room, cots with blankets and pillows chosen to fit how you sleep, white noise lulling you to sleep, a naptician to gently wake you when your nap is over. This can all be found at the Napping Affects Performance or NAP exhibit at Art League Houston on Montrose.

Emily Sloan’s NAP exhibit is an intricate weave of performance art, art installation, and comfort. The interactive art endeavor opened on May 14 and runs through June 25.

I went for the first time on Friday with my friend Haley. We weren’t quite sure what to expect. Were we going to look at something, actually take a nap, see any traditional art? When we first arrived we were definitely a little nervous and unsure of what we were doing. Haley, being an artist herself, took the lead when we got to the actual NAP room. We were greeted by Emily Sloan, the creator and the naptician. She asked us to sign in and write down the time that we would like to be awoken from our nap (you can also choose to nap as long as you like and not be woken up by a certain time). We opted for a 20 minute snooze, ourselves.

Sloan gave us the correct type of pillow for our sleeping style, which was on our side. I later realized that I’m actually a stomach sleeper. Haley and I were pretty caffeinated and I didn’t actually fall into a deep sleep, but it was very relaxing and the cot was surprisingly comfortable.

Sloan then told us that there was going to be a performance on Sunday afternoon accompanied by a community nap and there was no way that we were going to miss out on that!

So Sunday rolled around and it was time to head back to the Art League Houston and commence naptime! Julia Claire Wallace was the performing artist. She played two lullabies that she had written and went around the room and rubbed everyone’s back as they drifted off to sleep. We had signed in for a 30 minute nap this time, but for some reason we didn’t wake up until over an hour after we had planned! This time though, we actually fell asleep. I’m not sure about Haley, but my nap was awesome. Also, this time all of the cots were filled with nappers and someone had to put a sleeping bag on the floor for their nap!

I really like this exhibit, my brother and I are going to go sometime soon and hopefully when my friends from Dallas come down to visit they’ll be up for a nap. If you are looking for something free and awesome to do in Houston, you should definitely check out Art League Houston and the NAP exhibit. It’s next door to a really delicious coffee shop so you can caffeine up after your nap too.

Visit Kolbe's blog.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cholla's Protest: The Nap-Site Stays!

Cholla, an artist who has taught at Art League Houston for over forty years, leads a group protesting to keep the Nap-Site at Art League Houston. Earlier during the run of the exhibition, Cholla started a petition to keep the nap room. It is not too late to sign it!

Cholla (above).

Tomorrow is the last day of the Nap-Site at Art League Houston. A trained Social Worker will be on hand for consultations.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Naptician is Present...

This is the start of the last week the Nap Site will be at Art League Houston. Come by for a nap, to sign our petition for a Tax Break for Nappers, to learn more about Mobile Naps, or just to visit with the Naptician. The sign-up sheet for the Nap-Site Lock-in to take place this Friday, June 25 is full.

The Naptician is present Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ruby "Lips" Woodward: Whistling Lullabies

On June 19, Ruby "Lips" Woodward traveled from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, to whistle lullabies for us at NAP!

Lips made the trip!

Lips-case. (above)

Grande Finale!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Community Nap Event: Ruby "Lips" Woodward, Saturday, 1:30pm this Saturday!

Community Nap Event: Ruby "Lips" Woodward, lullaby whistling, a collaboration with (NAP) Napping Affects Performance

Lips of "Fingers and Lips" will be coming from Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, to perform for us at Art League Houston!

Saturday, June 19 at 1:30pm (at Art League Houston)
Follow the project:

Although some cots and a rug are provided, for community naps the bringing of additional blankets, pillows or mats is recommended.

About (NAP): (NAP) is a performance and participation project designed and organized by Emily Sloan providing community naps in collaboration with various performance projects, performances involving the delivery of naps to various sites/contexts around Houston, and an ongoing free nap site at Art League Houston. The free nap site can be utilized anytime during Art League Houston hours, Mondays through Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 11am-5pm. Stop in anytime, or reserve a spot by calling: 713-582-1198.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mobile Nap: Click Photography

Wednesday, June 16, an afternoon Mobile Nap was delivered to Mary at Click Photography. Mary was so refreshed she vowed to get a cot of her own for napping at the studio!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mobile NAP: ArCH with Mat and Mandy

Thursday, June 10, a morning-time Mobile Nap was delivered to Mat at Architecture Center Houston. Mat shared his nap with Mandy, also of Architecture Center Houston.

Naptician reading "Not Tired" to Mat and Mandy from Else Holmelund Minarik's "Little Bear's Visit." (Mary Ellen Carroll's "Policy" is in the background.)

Two above photos: Mat and Mandy sign the NAP guest book.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Beth Secor: The Maraschino Incident

On June 5, Beth Secor read a short story of hers called "The Maraschino Incident."

Above: Naptician assisting nappers.

Above: Beth reading to nappers.

The "after nap."