Somnambulist Society: Performance/Installation
From Concept to Creation by Amanda Marie
I woke up today.
The second skin I had been wearing is unlaced on the floor.
My fingertips are still untouched and I won’t cut them off.
I won’t let myself be repressed by religion, government, conformity and obedience, or the imposition of self-censorship that they try to enforce and ingrain in me.
They try to keep me on the path, away from the woods.
The path is a sedated and inhumane control system set up by non-dreamers.
They will drug you to keep you on the path…or they will distract you with entertainment, media, and fear.
This synthetic induced happiness is completely temporary, and the constant need for it makes them more and more like soulless machines; just samples of souls made to look like human beings.
They follow blindly without question or individual thought…
conditioned to search for pleasure and to chemically mask pain.
Nothing grows here anymore.
It is time to go into the woods.
Don’t listen when they tell you not to stray from the path.
Somnambulism: Sleepwalking. The sufferer engages in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness while he or she is asleep or in a sleep like state. Sleepwalkers are not conscious of their actions on a level where memory of their sleepwalking episode can be recalled, and because of this, unless the sleepwalker is woken or aroused by someone else, the sleep disorder can go unnoticed.
Sleepwalking occurs when rapid eye movement (REM), or the “dream stage” of sleep, has not yet occurred.
“America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.”
– William Seward Burroughs
Frame: A frame is normally associated with art, life, culture, and theatre. In this series, the frame is hung skewed, creating a tension. Something is off or surreal. Only, what was in the frame is real and representational of the way “life” is often chosen to be “lived”. In my opinion it is actually death. In a way I’m trying to contain it so it can’t contaminate me. Only some things are too powerful or too widespread to contain. The painting comes to life even though what it represents is death.