ARTISTIC PROCESS:Art video I made in the desert of Namibia in the gosht town of Kolmanskoop
ARTISTIC PROCESS:This month, November 2010, I mark 8 years as a survivor of lung cancer. I had two other lung surgeries following the one in Nov 2002, in which my left upper lobe was removed, along with the cancer. In Jan and June 2003, I had two more surgeries. It was impossible to tell if what was in my right lobes was cancer or not, so in May 2003, my right upper lobes were removed, leaving 60% of my lungs. Following this surgery, I often awoke from sleep dreaming about being unable to breathe. I also dreamed of taking a biopsy of the earth. In 2004, I began to record audio and video at Death Valley in California. I have made about 15 trips there to record (and have recorded there in each of the twelve months.) This has led to an extended sound/video installation entitled Death Valley Cycle. There are two pieces for the DreamSound Anthology, inspired by my dreams: 1. Breathing/Dreaming/Salt/Sand recorded in August at 10 PM under a full moon and September, recorded at the Sand Dunes. For both pieces, I wore microphones on my feet while slogging thru the salt flats and soft sand of the dunes. I also recorded my breathing. 2. The second piece, in January was recorded using long needles plunged into the salt flats to which suture thread was tied. These windharps pick up the wind blowing over the thread and needles--the biopsy of the earth. This was near Badwater, the lowest place below sea level in the W. Hemisphere.
DREAM TEXT:Following this surgery, I often awoke from sleep dreaming about being unable to breathe. I also dreamed of taking a biopsy of the earth.
DREAMER:Somna M. Bulist
ARTISTIC PROCESS:The Riverbed Song dream – AM Tuesday, March 17, 2009 I am standing in a riverbed. It is dry and the local people teach me this song.* We sing together as the water cascades gently filling the riverbed. The water is crystalline clear blue. * Original notation of the tune can be found on riverbed song dream pdf and/or Riverbed Song by Somna M. Bulist 2011.
DREAM TEXT:Song Text: “When the time is right, the water will come.” The final verse (I love the waves) was added after the dream as an affirmation.
ARTISTIC PROCESS:Video I made with old footage of New York I did in 2000 and found it back for a theater project in France. The sound was made by a french sound artist Sylvère Catton and seems like a between dream and nightmare in Manhattan.
ARTISTIC PROCESS:I woke up and went to my music room and played this peace as I dreamt it.
DREAM TEXT:I want to play a concert. There are so many people in the audience that they even wanted to sit on the bench where I am sitting, waiting until the beginning of the concert. So, I go on stage and notice that I have lost the paper on which the Program was written. I don't remember anything. I know that I will need to play totally new music and be completely in the moment. So, I start the concert with one piece with my double bass and my voice.
ARTISTIC PROCESS:Dream to poem to soundscape.
DREAM TEXT:Dream After the Death of My Father I walk along the shore after a phone call with my Father. He wants to come see me---he is worried about his finances. I have given away his car and divided up his money. I couldn’t bring myself to tell him: “You are dead.” As I walk along the shore waves the size of buildings crash at my feet. I stop and face them. In the middle of each wave a spiraling cavern deepens and yawns like a throat or a vagina. Is this a calling over or a rebirth? I wonder as I walk along the shore.