Dreaming Awake

Dreaming Awake
March 10 – June 3 2018

Initiator and curator with Luiza Mello

In a total installation covering the entire house of Marres, the exhibition Dreaming Awake presents a tropical rainforest peeled back in layers. Made in collaboration with the artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Luiz Zerbini, the exhibition is about the experience of touch caused by strong outside forces. The Amazon wilderness, moist, damp, sticky, deafening, breathtaking, is the most invasive form in which a landscape forces itself upon us. Once you’re inside, there is no escape. The pressure of the environment is so powerful and hypnotic that it propels people into a dream state.

The connection between the sensory world and the dream influenced generations of thinkers, including the anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss and the psychologist Carl Jung. To them, native traditions symbolized the deep relationship between inner lives and external environment that has become so rare in western society. They emphasized the extent to which the sensory universe of the Amazone jungle not only resembles our dream world, but also how it is itself a reality that can only be experienced and known through dreams. These are dreams that are experienced awake, with the eyes wide open.