Only a small proportion of the world is being processed and an even smaller part is consciously perceived. We are systems of order, incorporating our environment and establishing coherent structures of meaning. Operations of operations result in more or less stable intrinsic values giving us the impression of a continuous reality.
We are rather navigating through the inside than the outside. The self is barely seperate from the world.
Prisoners of drops of water, we are but everlasting animals.
André Breton / Philippe Soupault
My experimental short film Sinken abstracts the human organism applying the metaphor of a house, which is flooded using digital image processing. Water, animals and plants invade the human habitat and import its natural environment into the building. Nervous systems are permanently exposed to a flow of data, which constitute the construction of a reality. Whenever floodgates open too wide or dams break, the stream of data overflows and water rises up to the neck. A sinking into one`s own reality.
With the flooding most primal instincts are awakened, as with fish eating their own kind. Data can no longer be held in path and bursts forth undirected. All structure of information is lost.
Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
Patterns give support and orientation as they have always provided the basis for weighing up and thinking ahead. Life is made up of ordered structures and needs ordered structures to make its realities effective. We tend to make connections, draw conclusions and see links, whereby our patterned thinking is often determined by prejudices and assumptions.
An artificial light source shines from below on natural organisms in urban spaces to emphasise their adaptation to humans. Like a spider, the previous day forms a node in the network of cause and effect. Fragments of a trimmed nature tremblingly strive to reclaim their habitat. Inside is outside, day is night and up is down when angles of vision turn into circles.
The boundaries between dream and reality are not exactly defined. To the mind, it seems almost indifferent whether we are dreaming or awake. It continuously activates a wide variety of visual and symbolic representations being enclosed in the darkness of the body, which provides stimuli during daytime and lets our visions dance at night. Symbols make dreams meaningful.
Our innate sensory perceptions simultaneously provide and limit the possibilities for constructing reality. We generally accept the result of data processing as truth and are often even inclined to regard it as the only real and objectively valid one.
In our nervous system, states of excitation are transmitted in the form of electrical impulses or their suppression. The relation of sensory receptors to the total number of synapses within our nervous system shows, that we are 100,000 times more sensitive to changes on the inside than to changes at the sensory gateway.
Our "Age of Anxiety" is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools - with yesterday's concepts.
Between blossom and decay, dream images are touched upon without defining a dreamer. Symbolic artefacts generate a system of discomfort. The flower blossoms in order to blossom, the bird flies in order to fly and the eye sees everything except itself. The dream as a balancing act shakes us awake or lets us rest.
As a child I had a repetitive dream in which I was walking through the neighbourhood with my mother and fell into a manhole without a lid. The hole had smooth side walls coloured in different shades and at its bottom sat a monkey who slowly turned its head in my direction and waved at me as I fell. In Nachnacht it is the other way round and the girl waves at the monkey. Anima versus Trickster.
Self-organising systems, in the process of becoming, invent the information and the kind of interconnectivity they need in order to function and exist stably. They generate and condition themselves.
A child growing into a family illustrates this principle. The child finds and invents ways and means to adapt to the family and subsequently to the social and cultural conditions and thus becomes part of the system at the same time.