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Hans Ulrich Obrist, renowned critic, art historian and curator tells us how he assembles the items next to his bed and shares a few morning rituals.

I like morning rituals: They’re a way of liberating time when you’re not online yet. The artist Paul Chan calls it “delinking,” which is super-important in an ever-connected world. Every morning when I wake up I read the late French Martinican writer Édouard Glissant for 15 minutes. He is a great inspiration. The morning hours and the moments before sleeping are the best moments to read.

I don’t sleep very much. I once tried the da Vinci sleep schedule (also known as the polyphasic method), which means sleeping for 15 minutes every 3 to 4 hours 7 to 8 times a day, but it didn’t prove to be sustainable or productive. Now I always go to bed at midnight and get up really, really, really early, around 5 a.m.

  • Words:
    Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann
  • Styling:
    Natalie Schwer

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  • Words:
    Hans Ulrich Obrist
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann
  • Styling:
    Natalie Schwer
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