Telematic dreaming is an interactive piece created by Paul Sermon. What’s interesting about this piece is that it requires the audience’s efforts to make it work. Such a medium is unique as the outcome is determined by the public, instead of it being thoroughly carried out by the artist himself.
In this piece, two beds are far apart- by 5000 kilometres. One being in a secluded room, and the other put out in public exhibition. Paul Sermon’s idea of using a bed as a platform to interact with the audience is interesting as beds often imply intimacy, privacy and seclusion. By placing a bed in a public space free for anyone to use, Paul Sermon pushes the boundary of pre-conceived notions. The juxtaposition of two complete opposites- a bed, usually concealed in the comfort of the bedroom; and the public space, where everyone and anyone can watch.
In the clips of the video, the audience is seen interacting with Paul Sermon, where at one point Paul Sermon tries to grab some keys from someone, and his hand follows the keys as if he were really able to physically grab them.
In the next scene, Paul Sermon is seen ‘holding’ hands with a viewer.
It is fascinating to see how the audience is conscious of Paul Sermon’s presence, despite the fact that he was not really there. Paul Sermon’s work revolves greatly around the concept of consciousness and physical space. Nobody dared to ‘sit’ on his image projection, probably because it might have been considered rude (and no-one in the right mind would do that to someone in real life). They all reacted to his hand gestures and body movements as if he were really physically present. Despite both beds being 5000 km away from each other, Paul Sermon’s work obscures the distance with live image projections, convincing the audience’s subconscious into believing that he was really physically present with them.
I did the live video with Elizabeth. Initially, we wanted to video ourselves leaving south spine and meeting at ADM again, where Liz takes the bus and I’ll walk. But apparently we forgot that the video had to be horizontally done. So. Re-do.
So Liz went back to her hall and I was at ADM library. We both realised we were on our laptops doing the same work so we decided it was interesting to document it- Liz was doing it in the comfort of her hall while I was in a (cold) public space.
The contrast in the nature of the location makes it an interesting documentation process and we had fun. I couldn’t make a lot of noise because I was in the library (duh) but Liz could walk around A LOT (and she did) and had no restrictions whatsoever.
Open source is a platform for individuals to share their creative process and ideas. The first article discusses about the risks and downside of a interconnected and media-driven world. Siva also points out the change in the way we project things from past to present times. In the past, copyright was originally for physical copies or media. However, in this changing day and age, copyright is now used for online media, research etc. Siva also mentions about Stallman who has faced issues when online information which would benefit society was not shared. The lines between knowledge and the right not to share is blurred and one might even mistake copyright for selfishness. Open Source however solves this by providing a platform for people to share works, but guaranteed for a good cause, like education and productive criticism. Otherwise, the system would be pointless.
Open source is basically a platform that revolves around the vision ‘DIWO’- Do it with others. Not only does it encourage people to collaborate and view each others works, but it is also a great platform to showcase the art process. By providing a platform for the creative process, it also encourages students to further push their limits and try different methods, as the process is just as equally important as the outcome.