Marilyn Minter, oil on canvas
Although many dreams do not seem to ‘make sense’, many others appear to be quite coherent and logical. Freud says that it is the function of secondary revision which creates this appearance of narrative coherence - it “fills up the gaps in the dream-structure with shreds and patches”.
The secondary revision turns dreams into something more closely resembling coherent ‘daydreams’ or depictions of reality than they would otherwise be. Sometimes the dream appears to be a simple retelling of events from the previous day, as in the dream of tuning the piano.
Secondary revision, as the name implies, occur at the end of the lengthy process of dream-construction and can basically can be thought of as the application of conscious thought processes to the dream material. In much the same way a poem or story might be made out of initially disparate ideas and feelings, and gradually built up into a first draft. Once a first draft is written we then look at the work in a different way and start to revise it according to conscious and often formal criteria, taking into account things like logical coherence and who the intended audience is for the work. Freud points out that dreams, however, are not necessarily intended to be understood.
Curating for the exhibition.
Considering the impeding Degree Show this summer, I have been considering ways to curate my work. Considering it is animation based, there is a problem with how to display in this setting. Especially considering, the problem that normally, animation and film is so readily available on the internet.
I am wanting to make this space reflect who I am. I think a nod to traditional art should be applied here, displaying a piece what could be so readily available in something likened to traditional painting, is tempting. Such as displaying screens in gilded (or as close as I can) frames. Also adding in drawings (digital or not) may be something to consider, as they are as much my work as the final animations. Perhaps a nice mixture of animation and painting would be nice, such as images what subtly change in a number of seconds (to make it less noticeable, 20 or so seconds would be good here).
The fact that my concept is about the processing and storing of information through dreams, the frames idea may be relevant due to the fact that people store their memories through photographs, and displaying them in their homes.
Sukhi Barber Sculpture
"Stuff Being Thrown at My Head," a photo series by Latvian photographer Kaija Straumanis
Rebecca Butterworth (2014), Reflective Vehicle
Experimental black and white looping animation. Due to how the general population process information, firstly via the senses (I’m mostly focusing on sight and sound), and secondary, via dreams. The process of dreams as a way of sorting out information one has collected through out the day, through the senses and experiences.
This particular vehicle will become a part of a series of random narratives, based loosely upon emotions people experience (Myself mostly), which they would need to have processed through dreams, in able to cope. Also, incorporating what I have heard people say throughout the day. After all, dreams seem random, but also have a warped bearing to the day before.
Adam Martinakis (b.1972, Greece) Parallel Universe, 2013
Rebecca Butterworth (2014), Our Lady of Coffee
While experimenting into death and rituals, I took the ideas of these two, with the addition of religion, and created a illustration depicting these things in a strange way. While I feel that it’s not surreal, and just simply a depiction of modern times compared to what is written in Holy Texts. Religious paintings can be severely awe inspiring, I attempted to capture this in this piece. I feel that it isn’t as successful as it’s a digital piece which lacks the vibrancy and the delicate brush strokes of oil paints. Not to mention the detail.
While it did not feel right and did not fit with what I was trying to convey, I feel that it could be useful in the direction I am taking currently, with animation. I feel a good way to progress is looking all that I have done throughout this year, and take what I’ve learnt from that, and use it as inspiration to move forward.