4 AM Forever: Patrick Cramer

4 AM is the most spiritual hour of the day. When night dissolves into day. The magic hour. The liminoid phase of dreaming. For this project, we ask artists to set their alarm clock at 4 AM and create something covering their lucid dream state at that moment. Divine creations at the most ungodly hour. 4 AMEN.

Patrick Cramer is an interdisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, currently studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. We asked him to rise and shine or stay awake until 4 AM. He told us: “I still had a lot of energy from the day before. I woke up easily and felt determined to capture something during my journey outside. Usually, I don’t walk outside at night unless it’s going home after dancing.”

Patrick also wrote down his 4 AM adventure, documenting what happened before he made us some sweet art.

Waking up is easy. At least, this time it was. I told myself: “Open your eyes and go outside.” I’m walking slightly drowsy and clueless towards Oosterpark, which is a few hundred meters away from my house. I am still wearing my clothes from the night before. I think that’s why I woke up so easily. As I enter the park I notice a broken bottle of red wine with the liquid flowing in two directions. I trace the flood leading towards the right. It’s the direction I take every morning when I race to school. A few steps across the bridge and I see a silver motion in the distance.

It’s fast and very concentrated. I can’t tell what it is, so I decide to get closer. I see a guy practising some combat sport with a big sword, while he’s talking on the phone with his Bluetooth headphones. His breathing stays perfect while he’s jumping up and down, talking and practising at the same time. In the middle ofthe night. I followed the right direction of flooding red wine and it resulted in something better than sleeping.