Sensing the Subconscious
"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!" - Alice in Wonderland
Between the our unconscious and conscious states of being, exists the subconscious.
1.existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness: the subconscious self.
2.imperfectly or not wholly conscious: subconscious motivations.
3.the totality of mental processes of which the individual is not aware; unreportable mental activities.
Our subconscious is always active, but perhaps it's most active time is during times of sleep. Sleeping is a physical space between our conscious and unconscious states of being.
While sleeping, we disappear.
Using a camera programmed to capture moments of change over time (movement), I documented a night of sleep, taking 12 pictures per minute over the course of roughly 7hrs, amounting to about 5,000 photographs. Displaying these photographs in order visualizes a line of time that reveals a visible person when the body is awake and an invisible person when the body is in deep sleep. A ghost-like presence is captured in this space of non-rest, indecision, and between states of being.
Stills (3 panels, each 11"x82"):
Close up of each panel:
Close up of 3 sequential frames: