Barbara Sykes : I Dream of Dreaming, 1981
"VIDEO HAIKU, 1981 through 1986, are video poems and mythic stories inspired by indigenous female spiritual leaders and freedom fighters. Stages of awareness and my dance and martial arts performances were integral to the work."
I Dream of Dreaming, 1981, was inspired by Amaterasu, the Japanese mythological sun goddess, and conceived from dreams, poetry, and precognition. In 1988, Sykes first produced it as a live, multimedia performance piece for the public; she danced in concert with a large-screen projector and monitors strategically placed, displaying her video/computer art at SAIC’s performance space. Later, she produced it as a single-channel tape for distribution.
In both productions, Sykes danced and used the IP and Rutt-Etra synthesizer, with sound
by Stuart Pettigrew. As part of Sykes’s fourteen-month Columbia College sabbatical and Chicago Artists Abroad Award, she presented I Dream of Dreaming as part of her Retrospective, a collection of her work, and Video and Computer Art: Chicago Style, an exhibition she curated that included her tapes in Japan, China, Australia, and Spain in 1988–1989.
Courtesy of Barbara Sykes. Featured in 'New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts'.
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