“when we are dreaming and, as often happens, have a dim consciousness of the fact and try to wake, do we not say and do things which in waking life would be insane? May we not then sometimes define insanity as an inability to distinguish which is the waking and which the sleeping life? We often dream without the least suspicion of unreality. ‘Sleep hath it’s own world’ and it is often as lifelike as the other.”
LEWIS CARROLL, 1896
“Alice discovers two OLD MEN, identical twins, playing chess and speaking inaudibly to each other.”
“Alice hears the pattering of footsteps in the distance, growing louder.”
“My music is a reflection of my dreams.
I try to render into music the visions of immense light and of
an incredible magnificence of colours that I see in all my dreams,
a play of light and colours floating through the room and at the same time
forming a fluid sound sculpture. Its beauty is very abstract and remote,
but it is for these very qualities that it addresses the emotions
and can communicate joy and warmth.”
Unsuk Chin, 2003
“THEY SPRING FROM MY MOUTH JUST AS FAST AS I CAN PRONOUNCE THEM!”
(Queen of Hearts)
Mervyn Peake Queen of Hearts
The Rorschach technique: a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analysed using psychological interpretation or complex algorhythms. Rorschach’s use of inkblots may have been inspired by German doctor Justinus Kerner who, in 1857, published a popular book of poems, each of which was inspired by an accidental inkblot. French psychologist Alfred Binet had also experimented with inkblots as a test of creativity and, after the turn of the century, psychological experiments where inkblots were utilized multiplied, with aims such as studying imagination and consciousness.
What Is Mathematics? is a mathematics book written by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins, published in England by Oxford University Press. First published in 1941, it discusses number theory, geometry, topology and calculus. The composer György Ligeti named What Is Mathematics as one of his favourite books.
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A Note by Unsuk Chin:
Lewis Carroll wrote this poem as a conclusion for his two Alice stories. It is an acrostic in which, reading down, the first letters of each line spell out the name Alice Pleasance Liddell, the girl who inspired the Alice stories. In this poem Carroll recalls, nine years after the event, the boating trip on the River Thames on 4 July 1862, during which he made up and first told some of the Alice adventures to the three Liddell sisters. In the last line of this acrostic, ‘Life, what is it but a dream?’, Carroll was probably making reference to the anonymous canon that even then was popular in England:
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.
Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852-1934)
Photographed by Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) 1860
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer, noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy.
“I am fond of children (except boys).” Charles Dodgson