Dreamscapes - a video sketchbook by Trevor Hearing, Bournemouth University
Federico Fellini said "Film is a dream for the waking mind". In this video essay I use my performative practice as an academic film-maker to explore and document connections between our sleeping and our waking minds and consider how this could be developed. What might be the constraints which would influence "academic" or "professional" directions in developing this idea? What might be the different directions for each trajectory? And how does this illuminate the different discourses of consciousness in my own life as an academic and a programme-maker? There is a well-rehearsed and significant body of theoretical work relating dreams to art, literature, and film but very little practice exploring this territory. Recently in popular culture film-makers have begun to explore lucid dreaming (Waking Life, Pan's Labyrinth, The Good Night). Using a performative methodology I reflect on how the practice of personal image making could contribute to understanding and analysing the process of creativity in the production of the moving image.
Contributions credits and references
With thanks to London Transport Museum
Cinnerbrink, R., 2005. Cinematic Ideas, Film Philosophy vol 9 no. 34
Strange, N., 2007. Developing Film Practice as an Academic Methodology, Visual, Report on the 2nd Art Design Media Subject Centre Annual Forum
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