Dream image project: It’s not a crow / mov.01


Guidelines for the new part of my Dream Image Project:
· Moving scenes/images. Duration 5-10 sec.
· Use live footage, animation, mix media, etc
· Use sound
· Keep it simple
· Do it fast
· Make ten sequences and then critical reflection

Dream images project: From image to word

As an experiment, I looked at my ten dream images individual and made a list of what I saw, and what feelings I combined with the dream.
I cut the words and short sentences out and mixed them together, then invited my husband and friend to pick out ten words without seeing, they got the freedom to set the words together in a new combination.
I had now idea of how it would work. It surprised me that ten words could make stories. Some words compositions like wine nights and wrong air affected me; they were spot on, it was through the images and the random selection I came these  word combination.


Cadavre exquis

Cadavre exquis is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule.

The technique was invented by surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Breton said the diversion started about 1925, but Pierre Reverdy wrote that it started much earlier, at least before 1918.

I have been playing this game, since I was a child, with familie and friends and now with my son Carlo. I like the tension under the game and the surprise when unfolding the drawing. It is a good way of sketching characters.





Exhibition: Wilhelm Freddie

SMK, National Gallery of Denmark

Yesterday I went to SMK, just to see if there were any artworks of Wilhelm Freddie (the surrealistic artist which suitcase I found).
The museum was under renovation, so the artworks of WF was moved to a small room with the headline ” Un-realities.”
One of the paintings was new to me; “The Dancer,” from 1943. It was little and, was rougher made than the others. It reminds me of David Lynch’s painting style in its motive, composition, and texture.
“The Dancer” was the painting I liked most. When WF’s painting is very detailed and accurate painted it makes me feel uncomfortable (which is probably the intention).
At home I googled the painting, to get further information. I read that the SMK’s conservators had struggled with the little masterpiece, when they got it in 2011, because of its bad condition.


Exhibition: 404 not found

Artnode at Den Frie

Artnode is a non-commercial foundation. Their aim is to supply contemporary art with a digital outlet and thus support international contacts.
Artnode plans create and distribute contemporary art projects in current and upcoming digital media. The foundation aims at developing and supporting projects, using these new media as artistic platforms – not just as distribution channels.
Artnode currently presents more than 100 artists.

To be familiar with Artnode has become a kind of an eye opener for me. They have been working in the field of internet-art since 1995.
The exhibition itself showed six different projects. It was not a big visual experience, but reading about the concepts told me that here is really something to dive into.

In 2008 Artnode published the 500+ pages anthology “Vi elsker din computer” (We Love your Computer) comprising 36 historical key texts on t net art that Artnode love and continue to find inspiring.

In the basement, I bought the book; it is in Danish and therefore easy to read and understand.
I read an interesting text of Tilman Baumgätel: “Net Art. On the History of Artistic Work with Telecommunication.
TB talks about; galleries without walls, and a art project from 1977 which was a kind of Skype (Satellite Arts Project by Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz), a project initiated by John Cage which has a reference to nowadays crowdsourcing, just to remind some of the artists he is talking about.

Dream image project: Status v.1

Inspired by Wilhelm Freddie and other surrealists, I decided to work with internal images which occurred in dreams or unconsciously situations (half dreaming). My idea was to be as honest as possible to what I saw. I didn’t write down the action of the dream (story) or made any interpretation; I tried to visualize a sight I had during the dream just like a snapshot.
I wanted to experience how it affected my working process and my outcome.

It was crucial that I could remember my dreams and keep them in my memory; doodles and quick notes helped to capture sight, story, and mood. Sometimes I only got the mood I couldn’t remember any images.
Another important factor was the amount of sleep; less sleep – fewer dreams, long sleep more clear dreams.
I was conscious of being subconscious; if I lost a dream in my mind, I tried to bring me back to the mood and tension during the day in attempts to get the dream and image back.

My visualizations methods were quick. I experimented with coal, glue, and aquarelle. Coincidence is part of the work with this technique. First I made very rough sketches and then 1-3 painting of the same motive, then I loaded it into my computer. Some of the images I worked on in Photoshop. I wanted the images to work and stand alone.

Despite quick technique and sleeping every night, it took me longer than expected to make ten dream images, because I lost my dreams, I woke up too early.
I enjoyed making the pictures; visualize a sight from a dream, pick up something unknown from my subconscious.

What’s next:
Can I work with the ten dream images as they are now or should I develop them further in a different direction? It is a question I have to think about.
I want to continue working with dreams. Make more rough drawings, and add movement and sound. The style does not have to be the same as my ten aquarelles.
I will study artist who has used dreams as a theme.

Daniel Richter

Lonely Old Slogans
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art


Next to this picture of Daniel Richter, I found this text:
“I move in three different fields: the there are pictures that come out of dealing with themes or issues, that is, an attempt to paint historical or contemporary themes. These are, so to speak, history painting.
Then there are pictures that emerge from found materials and live because they rise above the unambiguity of the materials, often journalistic photographs, and become something else.
Finally, there are the pictures that are representations of dream states – pictures that cannot really give a reason for but that are almost surrealistic… I think it’s true that my pictures move in these different fields, although my categorization may be pushing it a bit.”
Daniel Richter, 2006

Title of the picture: Studie zu Das erstaunliche Comeback des Dr. Freud