PLANET OF DREAMS 2022

Wolf Queen, the rewilding of Queen Lupa, examines the many stories of the last of Galicia’s pagan queens.... with three possible outcomes…  
Confronted by encroaching powers, 7th century Queen Lupa or Wolf outwits Rome, church, early empire, Visigoths and annoying pilgrims dragging the body of their Apostle all over her territory. She is a major character in the area’s mythology. Lupa and her countrywomen are infamous for having magical powers, for being skilled in pagan arts of healing, herbs, navigation by stars and esoteric arts. The ‘witches’ truly freaked out the patriarchal, order-loving Romans, and early Catholic Church. Why is the Wolf Queen called the Wolf Queen? Why has her legend endured? A 12th century French monk first mentions Lupa in Codex Calixtinus, a pilgrim’s guidebook. Is her reluctance to aid the first pilgrims and conversion to Christianity more church propaganda like other parts of the Codex? Intriguing variations in her story compelled me to make an examination of her character in film.           


Much of my work is personal stories, about consciousness, and I’ve made several works about dream... NightTrip 2007 DreamDance 2007 In my Dream of You 2020

In dreams the subconscious talks to you. It uses images, sometimes it connects words. It wants to remind you of past memories, to connect them to the present in problem solving and creativity. And in this moment of increasing planetary crisis and cosmic consciousness, more than ever, radical methods of guardianship of earth and solar system commons are needed. And so, Planet of Dreams asks, ‘in what ways can the dream state guide us?’

"Dreaming is imagination roaming freely." Domhoff, G.W. 





FILM

Magic Dream, URHere Now, is filmed in Galicia, Spain, the edge of empires, a terrain of neolithic consciousness and master builders who dreamed of sailing past the setting sun. Diana Magallon and Gabriel Valecillos music. Rafael Gonzalez drawings. http://www.arteidolia.com/cecelia-chapman-planet-of-dreams/

Last Time Tomorrow is filmed on the Portugal coast railway. Deforestation is happening so fast,  consider your dream house materials....the consequences of your dream.  https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2022/06/cecelia-chapman.html

Space Life Dreams is haiku poem and architectural scheme, in a space-tribal, nomad-communal future. Jeff Crouch music. NASA images. https://vimeo.com/628509930 

Nomad Dreams, the Sorceress, the Flying Saucer and the Moon, is filmed in South Carolina, once part of the Spanish Empire and it's search for El Dorado, a landscape of fortune schemers, dreamers, adventurers, pirates, runaway slaves, and hunted Indians. Jeff Crouch music. https://leserpent.wordpress.com/2022/03/15/die-leere-mitte-issue-13-rimae/

Goose Moon Owl was filmed during the American Indian moon cycle, Goose Moon, on tribal lands in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Soundscape of recorded and found owl calls. http://www.arteidolia.com/fast-clouded-full-moon-by-cecelia-chapman/

Nuclear Forest is filmed in Aiken, South Carolina's Hitchcock Woods, the country’s largest privately owned urban forest, and the Savannah River Site Museum of the 198,000 acre reservation for America’s plutonium storage, tritium production and military and space dreams.  Jeff Crouch music. https://www.calamaripress.com/SF/2020/14_Chapman_Crouch.htm

DreamTown USA filmed in Aiken, South Carolina's lush horse country down the road from the nuclear reactor plant. Jeff Crouch music. https://www.calamaripress.com/SF/2020/14_Chapman_Crouch.htm



Planet of Dreams began on Cape Cod and follows my personal story as I relocated in several steps. On the Cape I wrote the essay Violent Altars, made the film Goose Moon Owl and 3 watercolor series. I thought about the dreams that brought the earliest land migrations to the ice age peninsula, later religious pilgrims and political settlers. 





I moved to South Carolina where I made two Oracle books, two Dream Collector books, the Shaman Trees photographs, Einstein's Dreams collages, and the films Nuclear Forest, DreamTown USA, Nomad Dreams and Space Life Dreams. South Carolina was Paleoindian nation territory 40,000-14,000 years before Europeans arrived. It was the Spanish Empire's dream of El Dorado, an area overrun with fortune hunters, pirates, runaway slaves, adventurers and later, early US politicians. 















I moved from South Carolina to the west coast of Spain, Galicia, the smuggler pirate coast, port of call for the New World, what the Romans called 'the end of the world,' a place of magic and bewitchment that has confounded empires. There I made Magic Dream and Last Time Tomorrow. Wolf Queen is in editing. I saw the wealth of the New World poured into Santiago Church by conquistadores after the Catholic Church gave the New World to Spain. I studied the neolithic and gothic stone dwellings of the Galician master builders who dreamed of sailing to the New World.





Early this year I was trapped in Washington DC for two months. But I was able to view the George Catlin Indian portraits, a long time dream. And I began thinking about making Pocahontas American Dream, from a story which may or may not be true.


...the 1607 "rescue" of John Smith by a 12-year-old Pocahontas stands firm as the nation's original assimilation myth, while Pocahontas's father, Powhatan, is the first in a long line of famous Native American figures turned by popular account into romantic heroes or bloodthirsty demons, or both. Washington Post. 


George Catlin