After collecting sleep paralysis testimonies from Spain and Latin American countries, I created this artwork to capture the essence of their experience with this parasomnia. The main objective focused on encapsulating and safeguarding each story, and therefore, the identity of every person, as clinical laboratory extracts to be analysed. The test tubes are supported by a fragile methacrylate structure on two different levels, based on sterilization models, creating an aseptic and analytical atmosphere.
With the intention of creating an interactive work with the public, certain test tubes were left empty so that the spectator who had experienced sleep paralysis, or experiences similar to this parasomnia, could write their testimony on a small blank piece of paper and share it, inserting it inside the empty test tube. In this way, more identities will be added, forming an articulated and continuous network of resistance that will give voice and word to the subjects through writing. Placing their experiences in writing is important, since "to narrate or relate something means to have something singular and special to say" (Adorno, 1962). The spectator, in addition to sharing his experience, has the freedom to open the plug that kept the samples unaltered and read the testimonies that other individuals left before them. This form of interaction with the public formulated a discourse in the exhibition space around the communication of similar experiences, creating a collectivity from the individuality of their subjective experiences. Thus, we find different test tubes (objects) that function on their own due to their content, composing a set of counted experiences that gives power, form, a voice and visibility to this parasomnia.