The Penny Dream

Thoughts from the deep dark


May 2017

The Uncanny

That which is uncanny, I often find, is most unnerving. It's not demonstrative enough to be out-right terrifying and yet there's an implication that something seems very wrong. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that something seems... Continue Reading →


The Exquisite Corpse

There were plenty of specific techniques that the original surrealist artists used to create much of their work, and there have been countless developments of said techniques since. While the use of specific constructs may seem ironic in a surrealist... Continue Reading →

Unhinging ‘Little Nightmares’

I've talked a bit recently about dreams, nightmares and the founding of meaning behind symbols, as well as how that kind of symbolic narrative¬†is used in certain examples of surrealism. The other week I came across another great example of... Continue Reading →


The obsession we have with dreams can date to as far as human memory. The unconscious manifestations of our minds seem to be a topic of the utmost fascination, especially when it comes to art. Countless artists devote themselves to... Continue Reading →

Dirty Gods

"Language bearers. Photographers. Diary Makers. You with your memory are dead, frozen. Lost in a present that never stops passing. Here lives the incantation of matter. A language forever." These are the first words we see on screen as the... Continue Reading →

First Contact

The idea of translation within film, viewing outside of the culture that created it, is one that I find particularly interesting. Though we have a definition of the term 'surrealist' dating back to Breton and co. ¬†a more modern interpretation... Continue Reading →

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