Service nature of dreams

Exhibition June 14 − July 14, 2019
How much does the reality in which we live become the content of the dream, or is reality a continuation of sleep?
Sleep is the object of study in medicine, psychoanalysis, philosophy of literature and art. What is the role of sleep in the work of a contemporary artist? Is there a way of self-analysis, social utterance, a departure from reality, the source of the author's style ... there are many options ...
The exhibition "The Service Character of Dreams" on one platform brought together artists working in different thematic planes and using different tools to realize their creative intent.
Curator of the exhibition: Vyacheslav Akhunov (Vyacheslav Akhunov)

To the exhibition
SWEET REPETITION "(text of curator, Vyacheslav Akhunov)
In the dream topology, the authority of sleep produces discontinuities of meaning,
turning a linear narrative into scraps, about the inconsistencies in which
the speech stumbles over inevitably than one would have thought initially, in
wanting to make her connected and persuasive.
Dreams are unceremonious. For some unknown reason, one dream
unexpectedly ends, giving way to the next dream with a completely
another plot. Between the scraps there are holes that do not have an edge, and their
the length is not computable, they cannot be filled with the meaning that
connected two scraps into one. Thus, the cohesion in which the dream
would be a solid narrative, impossible. On waking, dreamed
subjected to deconstruction, fragmented, and any description, especially
The explanation seems to be more than vague.
We are trying to retell a dream with only one goal - to endow what we have seen.
in any sense, adding something to the description of a dream, to your story, supposedly
escaped from memory. The result is an interpretation of sleep, which
rolls to the most banal things, referring to the present. Retelling a dream and his
interpretation is a conscious speech with a certain meaning, addressed to another.
If a dream is a way to show desire, then most
of dreams, erased from memory during the awakening, escapes and can not be
And if the dream colonizes the body, consciousness and through many similar
subjects, through the collective unconscious forces
reproduce yourself as real?
But we will come back to the moment when the interpretation of sleep refers to
present, that is, the space in which the limiting
life circumstances, and that affect any individual event.
Especially when the present appears as a carrier of a certain will, the will of another,
thereby generating a traumatic collision history. And this is a story -
the history of the collective unconscious - that is inseparable from us, unlike
conscious self-image.
I would like to ask myself: How much the reality in which we live becomes content
dreams, its eventful content, and how much reality is
the continuation of sleep, becoming the speech of the dream itself, being the channel
through which the work of unconscious desire seeps in, in this way
showing reality woven into fragments?
Pure creative reference is not enough to explain.
sleep mechanisms. However, artistic reflection can
to be represented as adequate ways of describing what is happening in the present,
to react with reality and with what you see in a dream, gluing it together,
combining, sketching one or another discourse, while not losing consistency
and vigilance. Thereby, various art assemblies are supported.
statements interpreting the spectrum of drives, phobias, intentions that
pursuing a certain society, subject-groups and subjected to mutations
society as a whole, withdrawn solely on itself, left management
and the last word for politicians and the authorities (you need to consider that mutational
processes in society occur against the background of accelerated mass mediation and
building capitalism with its stratification of society into classes). Especially when
it's about our society with its collective assemblies of deeds and
utterances in their empty automatic repetitions, with separate groups,
trying to play the role of opinion leaders in which
efforts bright creative personality is reduced to the level of the crowd. Mechanical
repetitions lead to the fact that after a while human subjects
consider them to be a product of their own thinking process, taking
for your own thoughts, thereby revealing the psychology of the pliable crowd,
which is easily influenced by various information media, forming and
exploiting certain behavioral types.
A similar order of things can be easily seen in production.
artistic production, which is ruled not by the creative principle, but by the crafty
Iblis repetition. As a result, the human subject - the artist, the poet, the director -
considering myself vested with certain rights, with a feeling of imaginary clarity,
instead of original artwork busy producing
imitations, parodying and deforming other people's originals. In this case, involvement in
art and that predictability of an orderly life associated with membership in
state institutions - in the Academy, in the Writers' Union, composers,
filmmakers, etc. - promise comfort, endow with a sense of competence and legitimacy, that is, they endow with a “special” place and role in the hierarchical
public space as a dream of another order or illusion that strengthens
faith in their undoubted talent and those who give hope to give meaning to their
life, but at the same time there is averaging, alignment with other members
professional community if disappointment does not come with time
when the individual does not reach the goal, a career growth. In return
the state structure requires each member to obey established
laws, undoubted loyalty, averaging with other members of the professional
community and non-resistance line of control.
Personal choice is no longer a dream itself, but a continuation in reality every time.
a dream story: whether it is the artist’s stay in the creative
independence asserting new values, freedom, activism and efforts
public resistance (non-conformism); or is the conformist position as
following the line of state institutionalism with its mechanisms
incentives of various bonuses, privileges and all those concerning
personal career issues, and hence the meaning of personal aspiration.
That is, on the one hand, strategies seem progressive,
neoliberal, part of which is freedom of expression. With another -
authoritarian (cynical, pessimistic) and conservative (folding
freedom of expression, restrictive lawmaking, manipulation of opinions,
intimidation of the population, the legitimation of fear - "if only there was no war!").
There is another dream, a dream of conquest.
On the conquest of creative autonomy, which is not conceived without conquest
in other areas, without new social, political, aesthetic practices, without
ability to ethical-political articulation, without reinventing the surrounding
environment and ultimately without reactionary nationalistic, religious and
racist biases - hostile and repressive towards
to dissent, women, children, marginalized groups (most
young people and the elderly), to any innovations and peaceful methods
social struggle.
For example, in the postwar years there was no “division of art
interesting and artistic ”according to Schopenhauer. Art was
part of the Soviet ideological weapon, but for the common people, tired of
warrior, ideological pressure and leveling, the idea of art, was
rather, it is connected with dreams of a sensual paradise, the desire of this paradise, the idealistic world (which in itself conflicted with
materialistic doctrine, distracting from the main task - the struggle to build
communism). Interesting and artistic, merging together, was common in the form
naive painting, created by amateur artists on ordinary
table oilcloth. In this case, the position of the Soviet ideologists merged with
position of Schopenhauer, who considered that interesting art appeals to the
base human needs like food and bodily pleasures as opposed to
representative policies embedded in public art
social realism strategies.
We live in a time when dreams are overwhelmed by gangrene consumption.
mass media, and undergoing mental manipulation with
mass and telematic standardization, conservative trends,
censorship, "define" new lines of mental fractures.
“Spiritual values”, which were previously actively discussed, are shifted by
periphery of attention.
Today turned into a service, reduced to market relations,
consumption, advertising, self-advertisement, social connections, as well as
intrusive and penetrating, direct control attention
commercial strategies embedded in our dreams that no longer carry
promises of a different future, especially bright and great.