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17 Apr 2021

18 Apr 2021


"Dreaming into Reality" International Conference     (153 Views)     

Event Serial No.-  WLD218586
Contact Person - Elmer de Vos
Event inquiry /Organizer email address - [email protected]
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 2021-03-01
Organized by: London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research View more Conference
Topic Covered: Memory Identity , Memory , Communications and Media , Culture , Anthropology , Arts , History , Interdisciplinary studies , Art History , Poetry , Social Sciences ,

London,  London,  United Kingdom

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"Dreaming into Reality" International Conference 17-18 April 2021 – LondonOnline organised by London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Dreams used to be the Surrealists favourite terrain to explore, while their interpretation a modus operandi for investigating human psyche fossilized by the pressures of an increasingly urbanized society, war trauma, while doing so against the background of nascent science of psychoanalysis. For this purpose they devised creative strategies like automatic writing, collage, or exquisite corpse to break away from internalized constraints. Nowadays, universes of the unconscious can be shared, tagged, broadcast, and communicated in every conceivable medium; some can even be subscribed to, as many come in templates for those among us less imaginatively inclined to unleash the powers of imagination. It can be argued that surrealism, as the foremost mode of interrogating dream realities, served its purpose with flying colours. However, with new philosophical concepts of the 21st century Object-Oriented Ontology, speculative realism, the anthropocene discourse, there has been a noticeable shift in terms of focus, away from a purely subjective, let alone anthropocentric agenda – held so dear by the Surrealists – towards what Timothy Morton named hyperobjects – conceptual entities that exceed the capabilities of human cognition. “There is no such thing as an “accurate” perception of a thing’s real qualities, because by their very nature real qualities are not translatable into something to which we can have access” – states Graham Harman. Just as much as surrealism sought to bring out dreaming lives influence on everyday actions and habits, so does speculative realism convince us that this is pretty much a futile enterprise, and an overtly narcissistic at that. Given the influence of Object-Oriented Ontology on authors across various fields literature, cinema, visual arts, music, in an age propelled by a networked mentality, we should be curious about the emergent role of dream narratives – have accounts of dreams and dream sequences in cinema and literature retain their former role, or do they point to some exteriority, a globalized unconscious of planetary proportions? What is the role of dreaming as a narrative device, concept, aesthetic category, strata of experience – represented on canvas, in pixels, on a page in filmic and literary fictions, in which hyperobjects abound? As the OOO postulates irreducible weirdness whenever the gap between reality and its explicit manifestation is bridged or is it reached?, doesn such speculating on reality render the entirety of our experience dreamlike? This conference is meant to encourage formulating similar questions, and trying to locate these post-surrealist accounts of dreaming life in contemporary fiction – literature, film, TV series, artworks, etc.. It might be that Bretons ruminations never did concern the additional, intuitive sphere of experiences layered over reality, but – as speculative realism postulates – a primordial magma from which all creation stems, both tangible and intangible. Paper proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 1 March 2021 to: [email protected] Please download Paper proposal form. Registration fee – 90 GBP
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