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Simon Dickson presents ‘The Oneiric Imagination: An Introduction’


‘The first part of this presentation is a brief condensation of the main ideas raised in the introduction to my thesis. ‘The oneiric imagination’ encapsulates the intimate, holistic relationship between waking and dreaming phenomena—the dreamlike nature of the imagination. In order the set up my ideas, I take a look at a few examples of how the film–dream analogy has been imagined in the past, and how certain theorists have tended to view the relationship between film and the inner processes of the mind. My own research posits a close interrelationship between what is considered ‘dreamlike’ and what is considered ‘poetic’, a harmony which is enacted not only in subjective experience but also in filmic expression. In the second part of this presentation, I will look at how Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light illuminates the qualities of the oneiric imagination. The film employs dreamlike and poetic motifs that embolden its core political message.’

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Adam Plummer about the viva process.

Wednesday, 20 March, 5:15 pm, ArtsOne G34


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