This year's edition of the LOOP Talks poses specific attention to highlighting the work of the artists participating to the Fair. Among them, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané presents his video 'A Dream Dreaming A Dream' (2020) with gallery Esther Schipper (Berlin). In this conversation with curator Soledad Gutiérrez, the artist will unfold the research behind the work and open up the conversation to broader concerns.
The work A Dream Dreaming A Dream is an online infinitely self-generating animation of a dreaming panther walking through a forest. Always experienced differently, the feline’s dream is persistently interrupted, the forest collapses, and the spell is broken. Confused and drowsy, the panther yawns and stretches, only to find herself inside a similar dreamlike scenario once more. She then starts to explore again, continuously acclimatizing to finding herself in yet another cycle of dreaming and wakefulness. This work is inspired by indigenous peoples’ perceptions of the forest and of the entities that inhabit it beyond the human: the divine characters of animals, rivers, plants, as well as the xapiris, the shamanic master spirits of the Yanomami people of Brazil. A Dream Dreaming a Dream Dreaming layers different forms of knowledge and knowing—indigenous wisdom, the images and sensations of sleep, and the artificial intelligence of a computer processor—and calls for new ways of being in the world.
The project has been produced by TBA21 | Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and curated by Soledad Gutiérrez for the online platform st_age.
On the occasion of this talk, the work will constitute the point of departure for a broader discussion around: our relationship with the nature; the idea of interspecism and of the magical forces that inhabit the natural world; the construction of a dimension that is parallel to physical reality thanks to artificial intelligence.