Waiting for Sleep
Jean Hubert (FR)
Waiting for Sleep
Film -

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.

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

Jean Hubert
Jean Hubert France
Promotion Chantal Akerman

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).


2005-2010 École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris
2012-2013 Rijksakademie of Amsterdam, Pays-Bas

Hector, Panorama Jean Hubert, commissariat Caroline Montenat, Mexico, Mexique
Teatro la Compania, Visio Schermo del Arte, commissariat Leonardo Bigazzi, Florence, Italie
Billytown, The time I spent going nowhere, commissariat Sanne Lutjein, La Haye, Pays-Bas

Salon de Montrouge, commissariat Stéphane Corréard

  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains est né de la volonté du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication d’implanter dans le nord de la France, un établissement supérieur d’enseignement artistique d’un type nouveau, pôle d’excellence d’envergure nationale et internationale, dont les références furent exprimées par quelques formules telles que « un IRCAM des arts plastiques » ou encore « une villa Médicis high-tech ».

Sa pédagogie, principalement fondée sur la production d’œuvres de toute sorte dont le point commun est l’intégration de techniques audiovisuelles professionnelles, en fait un lieu de production, d’expérimentation et de diffusion totalement inédit.

Source: http://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/Le-Fresnoy/presentation
  • Drac Ile-de-France Direction régionale des affaires culturelles
  • Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst