© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

A Dream Dreaming a Dream, 2020
Real-time video projection of a procedural computer-generated animation, black and white
Commissioned and produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

This work is an online infinitely self-generating animation of a dreaming panther walking through a forest. Always experienced differently, the feline’s dream is persistently interrupted. Confused and drowsy, the panther yawns and stretches, only to find herself inside a similar dreamlike scenario once more. She then starts to explore again, continuously acclimatizing to finding herself in yet another cycle of dreaming. This work is inspired by indigenous peoples’ perceptions of the forest and of the entities that inhabit it beyond the human: animals, rivers, plants, as well as xapiris, the shamanic spirits of the Yanomami people of Brazil. A Dream Dreaming a Dream layers different forms of knowledge—indigenous wisdom, the images and sensations of sleep, the artificial intelligence of a computer processor—and channels different planes of reality.