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Adrian Wong 王浩然

Dream Cosmography, 2015

In Carl Jung’s psychoanalytic dream analysis, animals play a key role, comprising “universal archetypes” which can be decoded to gain insight into the subconscious mind. As a student of Eastern philosophy, Jung was likely inspired by South Asian and Chinese texts on the nature of dreams—including Chen Shiyuan’s seminal 16th century text “Lofty Principles of Dream Interpretation,” which similarly targets animals as symbols of our unconscious drives. These texts, however, propose a flow of causality that in some cases is reversed. Various folk traditions elevate animals to the status of deities, demigods, or spiritual messengers, through which the individual is transmitted premonitions and messages from beyond oneself. Dream Cosmography takes animals themselves as the subject of dream analysis. A cat, a dog, three hamsters, and two rabbits offered up their dream journals for analysis, presented here as a meditation on the origins of space and time.

Wong was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1980. Originally trained in research psychology (receiving a Master’s degree from Stanford University in 2003), he began making and exhibiting work in San Francisco while concurrently conducting experiments on young children....

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