December 09, 2018
What do you feel when you dream? “Dreamer’s Feelings,” Art Installation in Second Life®
What are the feelings we experience during sleep? Our dreams which emotions arouse in us? Our dream visions are always an interesting topic because they represent a mystery and so they fascinate.
The Maddy Schmidtzau and Ciottolina Xue art installation entitled “Dreamer’s Feelings” hosted by Trésor De L’Art Gallery, develops this theme from an artistic point of view.
The dream (from the Latin somnium, derived from somnus, “sleep”) is a psychic phenomenon linked to sleep, particularly the REM phase, characterized by perception of images and sounds recognized as apparently real from the dreamer. The study and analysis of dreams lead us to identify a type of mental functioning which has laws and mechanisms other than conscious processes of thought that are the object of study of traditional psychology. Sigmund Freud pursued in the ‘900 the ambitious goal to understand and explain this mode of operation psychic apparatus describing the psychology of the dream, and he divided the functioning of the psychic apparatus in two forms which he called primary and secondary process. According to this theory, the dream would be a hallucinatory fulfillment of a wish remained unfulfilled during the day.
After Freud, many psychologists are interested in the dream trying to give their interpretation and explanation of this mysterious phenomenon.
Personally, I do not believe that the dream is a hallucination, indeed. Perhaps it is more real than we think. I agree, however, the brilliant interpretation of the dream given from the “Matrix” film, released in 1999, directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. In particular, the scene where Morpheus asks Neo, the Chosen One: “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? “.
If the dream was a hallucination, the dream awareness should not be possible, or should not be able to “wake up” within a dream. From personal experience, I know that it is possible and in this case, we speak about “lucid dream” (that is, aware of the “dream,” I am aware that I am dreaming). The lucid dream is a bridge to the impossible because, in the time of the dream consciousness, it’s possible controlling it, making it happen what we most desire. A hallucination, however, it is not controllable.
The art installation by Maddy Schmidtzau and Ciottolina Xue develops these themes, creating harmony, a kind of continuity between waking and sleep; where it ends of one border, and that of the other begins? The Maddy images, vibrant colors, shapes and surreal situations, contribute to enhancing the theme of the feelings of the dreamer. The three-dimensional forms of Ciottolina delimit a specific emotion on a particular topic, such as love and tenderness, for example. I think that the two types of expression (Maddy’s images and Ciottolina’s sculptures) “coexist” in a harmonious manner in the same “artistic home.”
The overall installation effect is delightful and invites the viewer to deepen the mystery of the “dream,” investigating the nuances and endless possibilities.
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DREAMER’S FEELINGS IN SECOND LIFE
Dreamer’s Feelings is the title of a collaborative 2D and 3D art installation by Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) and CioTToLiNa Xue, which opened at Trésor de l’Art on January 10th, 2018.The installation is located in a sky gallery, reached via teleport from ground level – which instructions for the best viewing experience can also be found. Those who find the preferred windlight – Ambient Dark – a little to dim to see, might prefer setting their viewer to midnight. Do, however, take note of the need to have Advanced Lighting Model (ALM) enabled.
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