Tower of Immersion
This year's International Forest Art Project theme "Romantic
and Reality" is interpreted in this installation using dream memories.
Specific dreams with a reference to landscape have been selected from
both the artist's own, and other dream archives, and are juxtaposed with
hidden places in the real forest landscape.
Spoken dreams were retold through underwater loudspeakers at the Goethe-Pond,
recorded with a hydrophone and replayed using reprocessed sound in the
Ludwigshöhe-Tower. The visitor was able to to listen to fragments
of dream memories and the sound of disintegrating crystals, while climbing
the spiral staircase of the tower, and reconstruct them into images in
his own mind. The tower is transformed into a sound landscape of related
dreams, in which the visitor can immerse himself and combine with the
products of his own imagination.
From a physiological point of view, the dream process is still full of
mystery, but it does seem at least to play an important biological function
in sorting new experiences and weaving them into memories. In sleep new
connections (synapses) are created between the nerve cells and experiences
from the short-term memories are transferred into long-term memory and
put into relation with existing memories. This process is recreated in the
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