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CT+CR HEADQUARTERS (Timelapse Video)
Postproduction by Amy O’Brien.
WAKING, SLEEPING, AND OTHER ARTIFACTS (Issues of Social Dreaming)
Filmed by Amy O’Brien. Postproduction by Amy O’Brien.
“Waking, Sleeping, and Other Artifacts (Issues of Social Dreaming)”
Roundtable @ CT+CR Headquarters
Electronic technologies produce new images that precede perception in ways that Bachelard, thinker of dreams, could neither have predicted nor imagined. Dreams, wishes, aspirations, nightmares, blessings, and curses circulate the net with lightning speed and equal ease, scrambling delicate ratios of waking and sleeping, memory and forgetting, knowing and unknowing, ownership and appropriation, will and determinism, knowledge and desire, the ingenuous and the disingenuous, the lived and the unlived. Indeed, what if that’s the point? In this roundtable, members of the Collective explore the fundamental ambivalence of social dreaming, particularly in light of current conceptions of the Commons and Hive Mind.
Readings: Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” On Individuality and Social Forms; Michel Foucault, selection from “Dream, Imagination, and Existence: An Introduction to Ludwig Binswanger’s ‘Dream and Existence,’” Dream & Existence; Friedrich Kittler, “Computers,” Optical Media; and Henri Lefebvre, “Clearing the Ground,” Critique of Everyday Life: Foundations for a Sociology of the Everyday.
For more information on “Waking, Sleeping, and Other Artifacts,” please see the website for the Social Dream Lab here.
AND NOW THEY WANT YOUR DREAMS, TOO. (Dead Straight)
Filmed by Holly Andres and jD White. Postproduction by Miles Johnson and Evangelina Owens.
“Dead Straight” is part of a series of events that the CT+CR Collective carried out for the Social Dream Lab @ the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California; February 6-March 3, 2013.
Beginning with Bachelard’s notion of “dreams of will,” members of the CT+CR Collective read from the dream works of the dead, some with resurrectional intent. Taking the form of a live mimic model or exquisite corpse and executed according to strict time-based rules and restraints, first and foremost being the rule that the author must be dead, this performance explores recitation, in and of itself, as a form of social dreaming, involving interpolations of past, present, and future as well as complex aggregates of individual, dyadic, and collective will.
For more information on “And Now They Want Your Dreams, Too,” please see the website for the Social Dream Lab here.
WHAT’S SOCIAL ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?
April 7, 2011
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