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SUMMER SHORTS 014: Catching some public Zzzzz’s

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Have you ever taken a nap in public? Or have you only ever dreamed of it?

Z’s by the C is a public napping project – created by Calgary-based artists Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton – that strives to legitimize taking a snooze in public. The project is a reaction to the increasing privatization of our public spaces, including the implementation of by-laws banning loitering and curtailing who, how, and when we are allowed to use our spaces.

Since its inception in 2008, Moschopedis and Rushton have been encouraging people to nap in Zürich, New York City, Ottawa and Calgary. Spacing producer Mieke Anderson caught up with Moschopedis this past weekend when Z’s by the C took over a proposed park in Toronto’s west-end.

Note: Z’s by the C got a permit to host the event.

Links to stuff from Spacing Radio’s Summer Shorts 014:

Photo taken in New York by Bryce Krynski, courtesy the Theatre Centre.