Thursday, January 28, 2010

A picture your brain makes while you are sleeping.

I recently came across the book "Games at the Cedilla; or, The Cedilla Takes Off" by George Brecht. It's a book full of scripts for generating work. As a Graphic Designer I found this process extremely liberating, a little break from the self inflicted over thinking, anal retentive pushing and pulling that works it way down to obsessive nudging and prodding until you want to cry and your eyeballs are bleeding. In this exercise i simply had to sit and think. I asked myself over and over "how can i make a visual record of a dream?" eventually i boiled it down to this definition: A dream is an image your brain makes while you are sleeping. In the spirit of that statement I decided to try and create an image while i was literally asleep.

I decided a photograph was a good way to record an image, as opposed to a printing press or hand drawing which cannot easily be operated in one's sleep.

I decided a pinhole camera would be best, as it has very few moving parts and can be left out to create an exposure for a long stretch of time (ie: while you are asleep). At the time I was sleeping in a car, which meant i could place the camera on the roof, right above my sleeping dreaming head, and in the morning i would be able to take the camera down and go develop the image that was captured in my sleep.

I could have wound up with so many things that made nothing, under exposures or over exposures. What i did get was this, the light of the moon and the stars and the early sun traveling through the trees above my sleeping head.


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