4 March 2016 - 5 March 2016
Je suis le reve/I am the dream
What is the place of the image in contemporary creative work ?
How do artists make use of the images that arise in their dreams, daydreams and fantasies?
We wish to propose and discuss the ways in which the creation of ‘original’ images is a matter of the encounter between the present and the past, an encounter between the images that present themselves in the daily life of the artist at work and the dream imagery of the unconscious. According to Walter Benjamin’s formula, pre-figured in Freud’s ‘Creative writers and daydreaming’, the artist is the one who acts on the images of his or her thoughts, that is to say that the artist finds the way towards a psychic and material remodelling by turning dream or fantasy images into images that are presentable and shareable.
We will also be interrogating what we call Excited Images (Images excitées) in contemporary society, images that captivate us because they carry a measure of excess which at times prevents the unfolding of dreams and fantasies. Their very overexposure and banalisation hides a meaning which may have become taboo and unthinkable.
Friday evening (Freud Museum):
Welcome and Introduction to the Conference
I am the dream: from the video images of Bill Viola
Silvia Lippi, Simone Korff Sausse, Celine Masson and Silke Schauder
Du Monde/Of the World
Saturday (Anna Freud Centre)
Exploring the space of the dream through the work of David Altmejd
Suzanne Ferrieres Pestureau, Yulia Popova and Angelique Gozlan)
We Dream: Creativity and the Collective
Julia Borossa and Caroline Rooney)
The Sound Image in Dreams
Fabienne Ankaoua and Laetitia Petit
Dreaming Hallucinations : Hallucination as the letter in the body of the text
Anouck Cape, Angélique Christaki and Monique Zerbib
Delusion and Dreams in Georgios Vizneyos’ 'The Only Journey of His Life’
Dream, Myth and Erotic Imagery: the desire of the Octopus
Catherine Desprats Pequignot and Xavier Gassmann
Nkisi Nkondi: an image of transference and projective identification in the analytic process
Perversions of the Dream: Excited, Exciting and Captivating Images
Vincent Estellon and Dimitri Weyl
Closing Remarks and Discussion
More info here.