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The Wind Snuck into the Cracks of Our Sleeves, and Played Songs in Our Ears 

Riceboy Sleeps (Jon Thor Birgisson and Alex Somers) 

Installation view of Riceboy Sleeps, 'The Wind Snuck into the Cracks of Our Sleeves, and Played Songs in Our Ears' at 200 Gertrude Street

12 October -
10 November 2007

200 Gertrude Street

200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Riceboy Sleeps gathered drawings, paintings and photographs together with lyrical images and installed them in old and reclaimed window frames. The works are peopled with dreamlike figures and accompanied by a soundtrack that shared the haunting atmosphere of these somnambulant characters.

Riceboy Sleeps was a collaboration between Jon Thor Birgisson and Alex Somers. Prior to this exhibition, the pair had worked together creating distinctive art and music for four years and had just released their first picture book, a beautifully produced work that took eighteen months to create. During the Festival, Birgisson also performed with Sigur Rós in collaboration with Merce Cunningham in Split Sides part of Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Program B.


  • Jon Thor Birgisson
  • Alex Somers

Melbourne International Arts Festival presented Riceboy Sleeps

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