Meet To Sleep. Feb 28. Bangalore

Action Hero Lijya

Action Heroes Bhawana Udhani , Satya Gummuluri , Shruti Chandrashekharan, Yamini Deen
Monica Nanjunda, Maria Emille Burger, Lijya Perayil, Rishita Nandagiri

Action Hero Evetta Cardosa with her friends


Calling Action Heroes To Report To Duty : Feb 28

Meet To Sleep 
February 22nd, Sunday
2 pm- 4 pm
Your city/ town/ neighbourhood park

To nap like an Action Hero
write to us at blurtblanknoise@gmail.com, subject line " Meet To Sleep + Your city/ town name" 
Share the event on facebook

In solidarity,
Blank Noise Team

Action Hero Co ordinators + Participants Listed Below :

Bangalore with Jasmeen Patheja , Nia, Viji , Shruthi Chandrashekharan, 
Bombay with Ridhimma Sharma and students SNDT university , Satya, 
Philadelphia with Sascha Huges Caley and students at U Penn
Pune with Naksha Errappa


Meet To Sleep - Bangalore

Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park, Bangalore
Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park , Bangalore

Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park, Bangalore

Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park, Bangalore
Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park, Bangalore 
Meet To Sleep, Cubbon Park, Bangalore

Action Heroes include:
Shilpa Goyal
Lijya Perayil
Bhawana Udhani
Viji Chari
Nia Chari
Diya Pinto
Wolfram Thurm
Judith Druhe
Monica Nanjunda
Maria Emilie Burger
Jasmeen Patheja 

Meet To Sleep- Co Organised With Why Loiter in Mumbai

Image source: Why Loiter
Photo credit : Meghna Bohidar

Meet- To -Sleep
Diamond Garden, Chembur, Mumbai

Action Heroes/ Sleep Loiterers - Meet To Sleep at Diamond Garden, Chembur

Image via Meghna Bohidar
             " An argument about why we shouldn't
sleep. one of that we were asked was if we
didn't have any space to sleep at home!

Diamond Garden, Chembur

Why Loiter led by Sameera Khan, Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade.


Call For Action : Sleep on January 11th at 11 am

Hello Action Heroes across cities, towns, countries and regions!

Happy New Year! Hope it's Action Hero-ism packed where ever you are.
We are going to be making most of this mailing list, reaching out to you, inviting call for events and participation. 

We're starting 2015 with a call for action!
Take a Nap. 
Treat this as urgent.
We will meet to sleep. 

In asking for safe cities and spaces
We need to step back and imagine.
Collective imagining leads to collective action.
Because collective action is powerful in building collective memory.
Because building new memory builds new association.
Because we fight fear, we're taught to carry. 

In saying I Never Ask For It.
Here's what we're also asking for.

* Fun guaranteed.

Location: Will be shared when you confirm
Date: January 11
Start Time: 11 am
End Time: 2 pm
City: Bangalore + write in if you would like to organise from where you live.

Bring along:
mat ( important) 
blanket (optional)
pillow / cushion (optional)
a friend/ relative/ a potential Action Hero.

Link to past naps in a Bangalore Park 1,  2, 3 

In solidarity with #WhyLoiter Team

Please email us to confirm you're going to be there. 

In solidarity,
Blank Noise Team 

* Call text 098868-40612 to confirm. Timings- 9 30 am until only. 


Sleep Is Protest :

 " Are you 'doing something' ? "
"No. Just lying down "

Action Hero Shilpa Gopal

Action Hero Lijya Perayil

Action Hero Vira Mistry

In sleep we fight fear
We trust


Sleep :

We're in the midst of an interim semester with students of Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. New Action Heroes include Diya Pinto, Akash, Manpreet,  Ayush, Swati Khaitan, Rashi, Radhika and Rajalakshmi.

Location: Cubbon Park
Assignment  : Take a nap

Diya Pinto : I have slept out in the open before, and am actually pretty comfortable sleeping out in the open, but as a woman in India, I would never dream about taking a nap in a public park. It is sad, but my memories of Cubbon park have all got to do with some sort of sexual harassment; like the time my friend and I thought we would go to Cubbon Park and meditate but opened our eyes to a group of men who had surrounded us. Or the time I went cycling to Cubbon Park and there was a man jerking off behind a tree, or when we went tree climbing and men decided to sit right beneath our tree, even though there were about a thousand other options. 
The main reason, in all honesty, I fell asleep, was because I trusted the group. I knew someone had their eyes open and would stop anything happening. Knowing that helped me let go and I was asleep in about seven minutes. It was a very restless sleep. the kind an afternoon nap gives me, full of dreams…but upon awakening, it was weirdly empowering to know that I had slept in Cubbon Park, free of men surrounding me when I opened my eyes. 

Rajalakshmi: The idea of falling asleep in a public space with people around and maybe staring at you and walking by, though scary, turned out to be quite relaxing. 

Akash Nandi: Slowly my body went to sleep but not my mind. For some reason I was asleep yet
wide awake and was aware of what was happening. In such a liberal space, I came about my own 
solitude. It was different in a way that all my thoughts passed without judgment, which rarely happens.

Rashi: I sat on my mat. I saw my fellow mates lie down and then I did too. For the first few minutes, I 
looked around to see if they were all comfortable. And then I looked up at the sky, which was on the 
other side of the canopy made by the trees that had grown so tall. I loved looking at the patterns 
they made, the way the leaves swayed. Some leaves fell and it felt like a movie shot. I was slowing 
drifting into my zone and I was relaxed. I closed my eyes and let the play of colours begin. That is 
one thing I relate to my childhood, where I would just sit in the sun with my eyes closed and watch 
one colour turn into another. I don’t remember how and when did I fall asleep. However, I’m sure I 
wasn’t thinking about anything. I was in a happy place. All of this while lying straight, with my face 
looking up and my body relaxed.  I think the initial comfort was because of my friends also 
performing the same activity. If I were alone in the park, I would have not done this. I might not have 
even spent so much time alone in the park. I was comfortable doing this as a part of a group. So 
comfortable that I was able to isolate my presence and feel the space around me as my own.

It was a good experience.

Manpreet:I think i failed at the sleeping exercise. Even though I tried my level best i couldnt fall asleep primarily because i need absolute darkness to fall asleep.However i did manage to relax quite a bit. And i remember that there was a point of time when i reached close to almost drifting away to sleep, but a constant distant scream for help brought me to consciousness. After that i just couldn't sleep...