Sleep Vessel (Ben Skea, 2013, digital film projected on pillow, 2’43”) attempts to explore and understand the three core processes of memory (encoding, storage and retrieval) by way of hand drawn animation. Abstracted constructs, reassembled from ‘automatic drawings’ created before and after sleep, take form as separate parts – evolving from one state to another. Organic line vessels become glowing containers for fluid movement – transformative shapes and cyclic actions reinforcing themes of stored impulses, muscle memory and lucid dreaming. Through the use of repetition, the artist forces the viewer to remain inside the loop – slowly becoming aware of what has passed and what is anticipated whilst experiencing a constant state of now. The loop is finally broken when the process of retrieval begins – rapid stop motion drawings are juxtaposed with photography and mixed media collage representing the human form as it wakes from sleep.