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Unconscious Production
Dream, the Door of your Unconscious
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UN/SPOKEN ARCHIVES is a project by 1st year students of the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy initiated and accompanied by the Werker Collective. To share our knowledge and stories we created a series of amateur archives based on our own desires, fears, passions, disappointments, obsessions, family memories and localities.

PARTICIPANTS: Eloïse Alliguié – Rafaela Aristodimou – Ysé Auguste-Dormeuil – William Becker – Philippine Bordeaux-Montrieux – Vinícius Cardoso Witte – Hyoyeong Chu – Kimberly Duck – Fanni Falucskai – Lola Frydman – Marie Gertsen – Kiki Gordon – Sigrídur Hafdís Hannesdóttir – Victoria Hoogstoël – Quirine Kennedy – Max Kessel – Jung Yeon Kim – Hagar van der Knijff – Lukasz Matuszewski – Natalia Ruhe – Luca Putz – Ran Reimann – Bram Romkes – Alyson Sillon – Martina Vanini

EDITING: Sigrídur Hafdís Hannesdóttir, Victoria Hoogstoël, Natalia Ruhe
IDENTITY DESIGN: William Becker, Jung Yeon Kim, Lukasz Matuszewski, Luca Putz
WEBDESIGN & PROGRAMMING: Eloïse Alliguié, Max Kessel
TYPEFACES: UNSPOKEN ARCHIVES by Luca Putz, ParaRubber by Léonard Mabille
* Lola Frydman *

‟The Unconscious is the true psychic reality, in its intimate nature, and it is as unknown to us as the reality of the outside world." Freud, thanks to the invention of the psychoanalytic method, introduced dreams into the domain of analysis, hitherto neglected by philosophy. Thanks to an empirical approach, the Austrian psychoanalyst became interested in the dreams of his patients, making dream interpretation a competing method to hypnosis and free association to access the unconscious. The main feature of a sleeper's psychic state is withdrawal from reality and the relative cessation of perception of the outside world. But the dream is above all the occasion for the unconscious and the repressed impulses, when the consciousness is no longer in full awakening, to release and express itself. Thus, every dream is the realization of desire.


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Our approaches and our postures sometimes say more about the person we are than our words. For this essay, I have decided to focus on the language of gesture, this essential and existential mean of communication. which best reflects our thoughts and reveals with more truth, without any pretense, the complexity, contradictions and secrets of the human spirit.

As Joseph Messinger states: "The body naturally finds the right gesture if the spirit does not block the path. » Thus, the decryption of gestures is a real-time translation of emotions that agitate human feelings. It allows to decode the outline of the personality of a subject, but also to interpret the gestural codes which reveal his mental climate in the context of a debate, a negotiation, a confrontation, a situation of seduction or of crisis.

" I think, therefore I am ". This sentence from French philosopher Descartes tends to affirm that our body is a machine, or even an instrument, entirely controlled by the brain. But most of our actions, sometimes the reaction of our body, are unconscious, and our thoughts are almost always legible, sometimes just on the face, other times on other parts of our body. A foot tapping the ground impatiently, legs crossing and uncrossing, a hand playing nervously with a pen, scratching our leg or smoothing our hair at regular intervals, are sometimes more eloquent than words, and often express our real emotions, just as the involuntary expressions of our face do, an eyebrow rising, a mouth twitching, a forehead wrinkling. These are the hands that say the longest and that best reveal our state of mind, according to their positions and their movements.

The information sent by our body to our brain is first interpreted by our subconscious, for example a sensation, a noise, an odor, a contact can appear to us disturbing, or unpleasant, even before we consciously understand what it is.

The unconscious is in control, every day and in our most usual gestures such as walking, but especially in all our emotions, and the study of body language provides a better understanding of the functioning of the human spirit.

Behind an emotion there is always a gesture, a movement, that changes something in the configuration of our faces and our bodies. The word itself is born from the Latin "émovéré" which means to move. We can read all our emotions through body movements. Each of our gestures translates, or betrays, our most sincere and secret thoughts. They are the expression of an unconscious language through which our body "speaks". Yawns, breaths, positions of arms and legs, handshakes, all this gestures are examples of signals dictated by our unconscious, which can confirm or contradict what we are saying, betraying what we hide and reveal our true self.

These few examples have often been studied through politicians’ gestures (6), sometimes showing a total contradiction and even a disagreement between their words and their gestures, but in any of us our most innocent gestures express our emotions of the moment, stress, anxiety, discomfort, shyness, all that we feel and really think, all that reveals our personality. Some gestures are apparently typical of liars: touching the fingers without stopping, playing with the end of his hair, grinding an object while talking, directing his look toward the ground or one side. Our actions speak aloud what we think in a whisper. Even if we orally keep quiet, our body will always speak with its unconscious gestures.