An Insight Into The World Of Surrealism And Dreams

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Ami Watson

Contemporary Themes II
Dr Phillip Harris and Nick Dunmur
BA (Hons) Photography
Presentation script & Bibliography
Monday 20th April

Hello, as you all may know my names Ami Watson.

Today’s presentation will offer you an insight into my exploration of dreams and the influences they offer our creative stimulus in response to photography.

Throughout this presentation I aim to offer you all an insight into the world of surrealism and dreams.
Firstly I will introduce you to the surrealist movement and some relevant themes with surrealist art. Then explore the defined states of consciousness, moving into explaining what a dream is. Next will be a brief touch on what influences visual stimulating tools have upon art, flowing through to surrealism and dreams. Here I will talk about the contrasting views of the surrealist and Freudian opinions of dream definition and expression.
After I will produce a few artists who have used dreams to influence their creativity within bodies of work, each using different aspects of dreams as a tool. And to wrap up my exploration I will produce my conclusion on the matter and express how this body of research has influenced me within my own photography. Thank you for listening, I hope you enjoy.

Introduction to the surrealist movement

Surrealism is a 20th-century movement in art and literature that sought to unlock the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the juxtaposition of

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