art lab

Amanda Ravetz – Proposal


I’d like to use artlab to develop ideas for a visiting fellowship I will be taking in Australia next year at ANU Art School and Humanities Research Centre. During the fellowship I will be exploring craft makers’ experiences of reverie aided by digital tools, or as they occur within digital environments. Reverie is a term used by psychoanalysts to talk about a state of rapt engagement in which images and ideas that often remain hidden from the everyday mind become accessible. When and how do such experiences of occur in relation to the digital? Are there optimum conditions? What blocks such experiences? Do experience of ‘digital reverie’ vary across generations of makers and do makers require a certain degree of familiarity with digital tools for reverie to occur? How are such experiences shared within groups? Is there a ‘dark’ side to digital experiences of reverie, in terms of e.g. content or between participants of group reverie?

To undertake the research I will need to find ways to tap into people’s experiences of digital reverie and it is this I would like to explore during artlab. I am interested in recent work by the anthropological filmmaker Andrew Irving where he mikes up strangers in the streets of New York and films them while they walk and speak their ‘interior’ dialogues.

How might I achieve a similar insight into makers’ interior speech and tactile and visual dreams?