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Dream Cum True

DREAM CUM TRUE is an electronic meditation that charts the relationship between rhythmic oceanic waves, the movement of the tides, variable trade wind patterns, and the creative process. It involves meditating on the beach, walking along the shore, recording the sounds of the beach culture, investigating deep trance states during the long summer solstice, and composing improvisational texts during the total lunar eclipse.

The work is exhibited as a looping 85 minute HD video art work. In addition to the sampled texts generated in a trance state of writing during the total lunar eclipse, the transient images that appear in the video are experimentally shot mobile phone video captures of famous beach landscape paintings.

When I first released the project in Seoul, Korea, in 2008, I wrote:

Now that it is finished, I can see how DREAM CUM TRUE attempts to integrate the cumulative effects of all of these elements as they provide necessary input into the construction of my daily poetic musings. It also blends these musings with both my own evolving poetic breath (a personal sense of measure) and the rhythmic rituals of the natural landscape I conduct them in. This blend of poetic mindfulness conspires with nature’s own rhythm to further stimulate mild hallucinations in my field of vision while reaching new clarity during long stretches of meditation on the horizon. I say “meditation on the horizon” because it’s the horizon that I was meditatating on while musing the work that then became DREAM CUM TRUE.

If it’s true that mind is shapely and ones spontaneous poetic thoughts form to this shapeliness, then DREAM CUM TRUE feels like a work of art that taps into the unconscious connections between the moon, the tides, the ocean, and the nervous rhythms of the body as it succumbs to the creative impulse. This work has been described as very hypnotic and peaceful even as the texts are at times jarring and full of double entendre (something that seems to inFlect all of my work).

 

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