Influenced by Psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud’s exploration into the unconscious mind, I feel as though it would be interesting to focus attention to the state of automatism. Individuals experience a hypnagogic state of consciousness every day before sleeping, where they may experience lucid thought, dreams and hallucinations. It is in this gap between reality and subliminal thought where involuntary actions and processes are made.
An abstracted short film could be made to focus on this void, depicting the constraints of the rational mind. Altering the pace and freezing frames with accompanying intense music would help to create an uncanny sensory experience for the audience. The film could depict an individuals’ thoughts through the consideration of lights, textures, memories and motion.
Rene Magritte’s work La Décalcomanie, 1966, references the destruction of the ordinary, where the audience becomes curious, provoking thoughts of imagination and mystery. Magritte stated that “if (a) dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.” This quote challenges the ideals of reality and is an inspiration for this concept of a lacuna. I have also been influenced by the feature film, Inception and surreal short film, Mr. Carnival Man. Both make allusions to the subconscious mind during a dream state. The mind is not only vulnerable and fragile, but also authentic and powerful.
Inception Caffeteria Scene, 2010
Mr. Carnival Man, 2008
La Décalcomanie, Rene Magritte, 1966
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Bell, V. 2016, ‘The Trippy State Between Wakefulness and Sleep’, The Atlantic, April 20, viewed 7 April 2017, <https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/04/deciphering-hypnagogia/478941/>.
Fetus Films Inc. 2008, Mr. Carnival Man, short film, YouTube, viewed 7 April 2017, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU8KiuXCf3U>.
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The Mind Unleashed 2014, The Conscious, Subconscious, And Unconscious Mind–How Does It All Work?, viewed 7 April 2017, <http://themindunleashed.com/2014/03/conscious-subconscious-unconscious-mind-work.html>.