Inspired by a Len Lye poem of the same title, Projection Series #8: The Long Dream of Waking presents four films that explore states of consciousness existing between sleep and wakefulness, illusion and reality.
At the heart of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre’s cinema programme, Projection Series returns with its eighth instalment, surveying the landscape of historical and contemporary fine art filmmaking. The series continues to encourage audiences to experience the wider world of local and international film and moving image.
This series includes the masterpiece of Surrealist cinema Un Chien Andalou (1929), made by Luis Buñuel with Salvador Dali, and Maya Deren’s celebrated experimental film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). Alongside these well-known works, The Long Dream of Waking showcases Bells of Atlantis (1952-3) by Ian Hugo, featuring abstract colour effects by Len Lye, and The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa (2016) by Ane Hjort Guttu and Daisuke Kosugi.
Curated by Tendai John Mutambu and Sarah Wall
Approximate running time: 73 minutes
Free entry, donations appreciated