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Gunnel Åkerblom, one of Swedens first female shipmasters and former owner of Mediablocket, decided to make a book about basic safety on ships. I made the graphic design and worked with the images and illustrations in the book to make them hold together.

Interview with Gunnel (in Swedish) for Sveriges Radio P4 Gotland.

The book is published by Jure and available on for example Bokus.

 

Ah … I love to listen to music whilst drawing/sketching/painting/collageing late at night.

This is a “creative playlist” with a mixture of old and new songs (frequently updated) that gets me (and hopefully you) in the creative mood. :)

http://open.spotify.com/user/transversal/playlist/3IxzjWkbd6O7Ao8cNit2dW

 

Watching

Collage. One of my first collages from 2007. The normal procedure in creating these collages or images is some sort of half conscious mode. I rarely consciously know where I am going when starting up a project, but following the breadcrumbs trail laid out by another, rather unconscious part of myself. The unconscious tells it’s story, as in dream, mostly in a rather congenial way, so that symbols used usually turns up over and over again, just as themes. Eventually they become conscious, perhaps losing something of their magnetic appeal.

The behorned woman have reoccured in my images for years, but I have yet not figured out her meaning.

It may sound like a fishy way of working, but considering that modern science leans more and more towards that most of our decisions are not conscious but rather “scripts” that are carried out or based upon unconscious determination methods, maybe one of our conscious goal should be to get to know the unconscious of ourselves to understand where we are really going. And not be so worried about letting go of the steering wheel.

For those who are interested in the intuitive vs the conscious reasoning, there are much more to read, such as: Subliminal by Leonard Mlodinow, Märk världen by Tor Nörretranders, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, The Decisive Moment by Jonah Lehrer and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, for example.

 

Self portrait playing guitar

For a while I have enjoyed making little pieces of music, little “drafts”, with an old school guitar – just to explore the media of sound and words.

A few words about each piece:

The world will eat you

This piece reflects my fascination for contraditions in life.

The railroad song
About creating one’s own destiny.

Nowhere to hide
There is truely nowhere to hide from the social context.

At the beach
About surfing – of course. :) I wrote it on the beach, recording it on my cellphone, just before taking the pictures Surf at Famara beach.

Amazing things
About what is commonly called lucid dreaming.

 

I

This video was made in 2006 as a draft for a thesis project, later called One Thousand and One Dreams, and reflecting upon Jung’s famous archetypes. The quality of the movie is pretty bad due to youtube’s compression and the 3d modelling was not particularly good even at that time, but the message seems to intrique people provoking the result I aimed for, which was reflection.

One room still

II

The project carried on and evolved into an interactive animated Flash video – a “still” video so to say, because you will only see a room, but the room will change depending on how you pull the slider back and forth. In reality the piece is exploring the typical anima/animus archetypes and the balance inbetween in a fruitful relationship or inside a healthy person that have incorporated both “male” and “female” traits in his/her personality. The film is pretty heavy, so you might have to wait a little for it to load, and well, the modelling is not very impressive, but my focus was to play with representations (a thought inspired by Magritte) of objects and symbols rather than create a photo realistic render of the world.

Click to play interactive movie One room.

One Thousand And One Dreams intro page

One thousand and one dreams screenshots

III

The final stage was evolvement of a web page where the final art work was exposed (not available anymore). The artwork was called One Thousand And One Dreams inspired by One Thousand And One Nights by reasons explained in the report.

The art work consisted of a page where the viewer of the art work was told to make associations to particular words, along the lines of Jung’s own’s ideas of that particular “complexes” would reaveal themselves through word associations.

The data was analysed, and based upon the result, a “dream-loop”, or animation, was compiled (from a range of different video clips). The video clips are complementary on the “complexes” revealed, along the lines of Jung’s ideas of what dreams were “for”. So it is meant to be a personalized “dream” for the viewer based upon his/her psyche.

The written report can be downloaded here, you might be the first that reads it. ;)

And an example video (with so-so quality) of a loop compiled by four random of the totally 32 clips can be seen below.

 

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