Dream Land is a new film by Heather Phillipson which incorporates archival BBC wildlife footage, recast as hallucination. Opening with its bug protagonist sucked through a vacuum cleaner nozzle, the film lands us in an alternative world which resembles our own but as if broadcast from another dimension. Remixing and revoicing remarkable scenes from innovative 1980s nature documentaries Supersense and Life Sense, Dream Land presents earthly life as a dream, accessed via the bizarre and precious lives by which we’re surrounded. Its leading characters shapeshift between species and environments, reprogrammed to form an alternative narrative. Creatures appear as interlocutors, harbingers and guides. In parallel, it is scored with a soundscape, composed by the artist, that samples the crackles of wildlife into a strange new music.

Dream Land was commissioned by Art Night and premiered at Art Night Dundee in June 2023. Acquired with Art Fund support as part of The Wild Escape, in partnership with The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum. With further support from Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee and Creative Kernow.

About the Artist

Heather Phillipson was nominated for the Turner Prize 2022. Her recent solo exhibitions include Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries commission, London (2021–22) and the Fourth Plinth commission, Trafalgar Square (2020–22). In 2024 she will produce a new commission for the Imperial War Museum in partnership with Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea.

at Flamm

Dream Land Screenings – Heather Phillipson

21 October, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Dream Land Screenings – Heather Phillipson

22 October, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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