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2006 - Traumsatelliten

Mixed media, light box, black cover foil, 3 magnifying glasses, processed 35 mm film material.

The work "Dream Satellites" shows a memory of dream images. The selected frames of 35mm film, presented under magnifying glasses, function as fragments/satellites of a dream. The viewer is invited to dive into them and unravel them, the rest of the film remains obscured, invisible and can only be experienced in its physical presence.
The work "Dream Satellites" involves an exploration of the memory of dream images after awakening. The work was developed in collaboration with the Clinic for Sleep Medicine in Lucerne. The theory taught in the sleep lab that dreams consist of a superimposition of "inner" and "outer" images was incorporated into the work: The 35 mm found footage film embodies the "external" images such as daytime impressions. The interventions in the film carrier such as scratching, tip-ex or glue marks, processing with oil paints etc are defined as the "inner" images. The image layers overlap.
Another theory from the sleep lab: people can only remember dreams when they are awakened directly from a REM phase often by random factors. They remember their last, isolated dream sequences. The three frames of a 35mm found-footage film, selected on the basis of a random principle, are to function in the work as the "satellites" of a dream. The viewer is invited to immerse himself in the three individual dream images and to unravel them; the rest of the film plot, which forms a metaphor for the inner "film," remains invisible.

Distortion, blurring, image mobility, invisible and inaccessible image spaces, intimacy, immersion in private image spaces, and individuality became central criteria in observing one's dreams. These criteria were underscored by the use of magnifying glasses in the work.

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