‘A Dream Dreaming a Dream Dreaming,’ 2020 Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

This work 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.

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The Planet in Transformation
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07/12 2020
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
A Dream Dreaming a Dream Dreaming, 2020
Virtual loop simulation (developed on Unity platform), b/w, sound
Infinite duration
Commissioned and produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) Collection
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Climate action
  • Life on land