"The creative process is, according to Freud, an alternative to neurosis, that is a defense mechanism protecting against neurosis, leading thus to the production of a socially acceptable source of entertainment and pleasure for the public. For the artist has the ability of turning his fantasies into artistic creations instead of into symptoms."
how about if these artistic creations are symptoms?
Paul is a dreary art installation. When someone comes near it is Pauls job to sense them and turn on a light bulb above a dummies head, then automatically draw a new infonode to a map he is preparing with a custom made real world art machine. The artist who created this installation believes the artwork to be very elegant and clever. The light bulb above the head represents an idea, but its only triggered when someone is near, and the map is data being visualized in real time and space. It says something about us, a community and about individuality or something.
Paul gets bored with his job tediously waiting for people to come and go,and his mind begins to wander. We gradually start to learn the minutiae of his life, his hopes and fears. When Paul is left alone for a while he takes the chance to have a quick nap. When Paul falls asleep he starts to dream. Using imagery sourced from google image bank about his particular obsessions that day Paul starts to draw pictures in his sleep, and sleep-talks us through them. Using reverse engineering his imagery is mapped onto freudian/new age dreamscapes which he eloquently describes and draws.
In this particular psycho drama the three characters are the artist, paul (who is a computer program) and the audience.
the artist is a slick new media practitioner, he is well dressed and believes himself to be an artist of the highest calibre. Amongst the artists recent portfolio is an environmental sensor based artwork which has stopped working since its installation , and needs repairing, and a web based project that no longer works in web 2.0.
For this project the artist has designed a gallery installation. When a person enters the gallery space s/he is sensed and a light goes on above a dummies head, then a new info node is placed on a map on the floor by an art droid. The artist is somewhat unclear what it represents when questioned, but it fulfils the artists brief of being about community ,mapping data and the exploration of the individual. The art work has many other merits as the artist has just had very successful commissions from the Parks department and the British web development agency.
The artist is never seen and is only referred to by Paul the computer program, who runs the artist's installation fpr him.
Paul is a re-purposed home security system that is now a sensor based art installation. it is Pauls job to sense the person entering the installation, turn on the light and draw the info-node on the map.
As a re-purposed surveillance system, Paul is naturally suspicious of others and their motives. He feels superior to those around him, yet is unfulfilled in his role.
He believes himself to be used by the artist and can see how terrible the artists work is. These attitudes are made clear by Paul as he gets bored with his sensing job and his mind starts to wander and he begins to chat about his hope and fears.
Pauls comments include
How the artist has stolen his ideas and reduced him to a meaningless trivial existence.
Speculation about the artist and his track record.
The programs loss of face amongst others.
How the installation is meaningless and poorly executed…. what is an info node?
How other art machines don't like him,
General suspicion of the audience and their motives,
After a while Paul gets tired of bitching and falls asleep. He starts to dream and sleep talk. Using imagery sourced from his comments crossed referenced with new age books on dream imagery ,he begins to re utilises the info map equipment to draw what is bothering him.
The participants are foils to Pauls behaviour, whilst not conversed with they are conversed at by Paul implicating them in his views, and turning his suspicion towards them. Paul wants friends but doesn't know how to go about it, any try at befriending someone comes across as suspicion and hostility, its the only way Paul knows how to exsist, Paul cannot change this behaviour and feels powerless as he see's himself driving people away.
some examples of Pauls dreams
To dream of a jumping−jack, denotes that idleness and trivial pastimes will occupy your thoughts to the exclusion of serious and sustaining plans.
To dream that you are on the jury, denotes dissatisfaction with your employments, and you will seek to materially change your position.
If a kangaroo attacks you, your reputation will be in jeopardy.
To dream of a keg, denotes you will have a struggle to throw off oppression. Broken ones, indicate separation from family or friends.
To see kettles in your dream, denotes great and laborious work before you.
To dream of a kitchen, denotes you will be forced to meet emergencies which will depress your spirits.
To dream of seeing knots, denotes much worry over the most trifling affairs.
If you dream of a labyrinth, you will find yourself entangled in intricate and perplexing business conditions, and your wife will make the home environment intolerable; children and sweethearts will prove ill−tempered and unattractive.
To dream of a lagoon, denotes that you will be drawn into a whirlpool of doubt and confusion through misapplication of your intelligence.
To see a porcupine in your dreams, denotes that you will disapprove any new enterprise and repel new friendships with coldness.
To dream of seeing screws, denotes that tedious tasks must be performed, and peevishness in companions must be combated. It also denotes that you must be economical and painstaking.
To dream of hearing the lonely sighing of the sea, foretells that you will be fated to spend a weary and unfruitful life devoid of love and comradeship.
To dream of serpents, is indicative of cultivated morbidity and depressed surroundings. There is usually a disappointment after this dream.
To dream of seeing shampooing going on, denotes that you will engage in undignified affairs to please others
To see shears in your dream, denotes that you will become miserly and disagreeable in your dealings.
To dream of smoke, foretells that you will be perplexed with doubts and fears.
To dream of a top, denotes that you will be involved in frivolous difficulties.
To dream of carrying an umbrella, denotes that trouble and annoyances will beset you.