James I McCartney
With our working and social lives becoming more digital through our devices, we have become a society that is always switched on. As we become more switched on with our devices it can be hard to switch off. Dreamless is a video installation that explores the subconscious mind that is invaded by our digital world. The project aims to raise questions about our over use of technology and how it can affect our circadian rhythm. Using a collection of dream journals as the foundation, the piece immerses the viewer into experiencing disturbed sleep where our dreams and technology collide.
Dreamless takes influence from key movements in the 20th century like Cubism and Soviet Montage. These movements came at a time where things where changing rapidly from the industrial era, where the world needed to be seen from different perspectives and ways of seeing the world. Today’s world is also rapidly changing between the physical and the digital world and it needs to be explored through new perspectives. The piece created aims to bring an abstract and surreal reality, much like the work of Salvador Dali and surrealism which creates unusual realities of space that taps into our subconscious mind. Much like the past our world is changing fast between people and technology and what we see as physical or virtual space comes into question.