Dream Control - Cinematic Series - 2017-2018
Dream Control: The Art Book
Featuring staged photography, miniature film sets, an Oscar-winning actor (and many more): Explore the story of sleepwalkers venturing in an amusement park, run by a shady corporation. With accompanying texts (in English and German), such as an essay by Julius Deutschbauer and Sina Klein, a fictional story about the future of tailor-made dreaming, and a detailed description of the project and its scientific and philosophical background. Pre-order your signed copy and selected art prints now.
The series took shape in November 2017, while I was researching the manipulative nature of hyper-commercialized social media. Inspired by Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, which I read again 25 years after having literally devoured it in 1992, the idea emerged of a saturnine corporation that drew its power from sophisticated behavior control in disguise of social entertainment.
Dream Control describes and visualizes both the fascinating and terrifying aspects of an amusement park for sleepwalkers, which – as closer inspection reveals – is a front for a dubious organization, whose true motives are unknown. As such, the series is an invitation for the viewers to scrutinize the value and integrity of allegedly life-enhancing services, whose sole purpose is to jeopardize the customers’ ability to lead a self-determined, sovereign life.
Cast (in order of appearance): Christian Harting, Tristan Bumm, Cuyén Mai, Thierry Bisso, Dina Hellwig, Georg Raisch, Phillip Sponbiel, Laura Jiménez González, Katia Fellin, Melanie Böhm, Katja Schanz, Torsten Bogadke, Alissa Nogli, Sophie Ammann, Rick Dommsch, Rouven Stöhr, Nora Baresel, Katharina Sporrer, Olyana Skrjabina, Dominik Hermanns, Christian Wewerka, Daniela Grittner, Betty Kaplan, Carolin Albrecht, Antonia Cojaniz, Theresa Storck, Sarah Kim Ulrich, Vera Jacobsen, John Robin Wahlström
Crew: Chris Bär, Anna McKay, Bella Grigoryants,
Itamar Zechoval, Evita Hartkopf, Hanna Herrmann, Katja Schanz, Elli Fatale, Marc Maria Orsini, Maximilian Benesch, Philipp Schmitt
Creative Director: Lena Naomi Krebs
Director of Photography: Frank Lassak
Original Miniature Scenes: Musée de cinéma et miniatures, Lyon; Dan Ohlmann, Michel Perez, Ronan-Jim Sevellec, Alan Wolfson, Mathieu Chollat