Jean Hubert

Waiting for Sleep - Film - 30min - 2018

présenté dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 20


In a tiny house where I was living in Amsterdam a few years ago, I had a fancy in which I saw a frontier between the living and the dead that would have been easy for smugglers or solitary souls to cross because in the end it was too expensive to maintain. Waiting for Sleep is a cgi animation film. Drawing on the trappings of apocalypse movie genre, I relate the daily life of a character – Will – who lives surrounded by zombies and who sleepwalks at night undoes the protections that he sets up around himself in the daytime. The commentaries on this narrative are provided by Will, in dialogues and text messages bring a normality that works contrapuntally to the action. In my research I have developed a visual language centred on functionality. I prefer the construction of simple frameworks, representing only the objects that are useful in the image, or objects that are handled by the character.

Jean Hubert

Jean Hubert, born in 1987, graduated from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 he was on the Rijksakademie residency programme in Amsterdam. His exhibitions in France and abroad include Over Hang (W139 / Amsterdam, 2017), Visio Schermo del Arte (Teatro la Compania /Florence, 2016), Panorama Jean Hubert (Hector / Mexico City, 2016), and the Salon de Montrouge (2012).


Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst drac Île-de-France.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing — Drac Ile-de-France — Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst