Dream Journal 2016-2017
Jon Rafman is carrying forward the tradition of the Romantic explorer into new virtual worlds in this hour-long series of freeform narratives created by hobbyist CG animation softwares. In the video, two female protagonists embark upon a Dantean journey across strange landscapes and phantasmagorical spaces, encountering a host of recurring characters; often hybrids between human, monster and animal. Unconscious fantasies find voice through the vernacular of virtual worlds, as primeval, libidinous encounters unfold in a series of surreal sequences. The film is scored by experimental musicians Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro.
Jon Rafman is an interdisciplinary artist merging photography, sculpture, video, virtual reality, and installation. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of online worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present. He examines the relationship between memory and data, and the ways in which they are corruptible, fragmentary, and subject to decay. His video works are pulling references from popular culture, Hollywood, videogames, 1980s adventure films starring kids, body horror, slime aesthetics, Dungeons and Dragons, and LARPing.
Jon Rafman (b.1981, Montreal, Canada) studied Philosophy and Literature at McGill University in Montreal and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His recent solo shows include Dream Journal 2016-2017, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2017), I Have Ten Thousand Compound Eyes and Each is Named Suffering, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2016), Musée d 'art Contemporain de Montreal (2015), and The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015). His works have been featured in prominent international group exhibitions, including Suspended Animation, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2017), Berlin Biennial 9 (2016), Manifesta Biennial for European Art 11 (2016), The Future of Memory, Kunsthalle Wien (2015), Speculations on Anonymous Materials, Fridericianum, Kassel (2015), and Biennale de Lyon (2015).
“Dream Journal 2016-2017”
Written and directed by Jon Rafman
Music composition by Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro
Animation by Imago Pictures
Sound Design by Milo Reinhardt