Xinchen Wu

"After Closing Eyes"

Section MS3, Ariel Caine

Keywords: music/sound, photography, moving image, collage, drawing

There’s a checkerboard image, on it, square A and B look different. Square A is in darker grey than square B. or so it seems. When connecting the two squares together, square A and B are in uniformed colour. I came across the checkerboard experiment conducted in 1995 by Edward H. Adelson, professor of vision science in MIT when I started my research. This methodology of vision exploration allows me to question the miscommunication between the eyes and the brain. This experience allows me to realize that we sense the world through our consciousness, not through the facts that were seemed by our eyes.

In my project, I attempt a spatial narration but not a direct one but rather one that occurs in an unconscious stage, in a way, paradoxically, more objective. This became my new methodology for revealing the true world.

My process of mediation mainly focuses on three phrases, dream recording, evidence collection and final outcome production. I started my primary research by recording my own dreams and discovered that the London Tubes became the routine scene in my everyday dreams. Throughout the mornings of these couple months, I wrote down diaries about Tube stations appeared in my dreams. After I waked up, I traced back to the locations for information collection, formats include note taking, unconscious movement recording, object collection and video recordings.

“After Closing Eyes” is a video about my dreaming experience in the Tube stations. Unintended scenes occurring in my dreams allow me to recover illogical moments in daily life. In consequence, the discovery of memory blind spots leads to an objective view on space narration and engages the conversation back and forth between unconsciousness and consciousness. By mediating an unconscious spatial experience, “After Closing Eyes” was produced and would help one to better understanding the surround world by removing one’s subjective assessment and narrating the fact that London is in a perpetual state of transformation.