Nathalie Regard — Dream sessions Paris


Collage, drawing, installation, poetry...

Nathalie Regard
Dream sessions Paris

Past: June 10 → July 11, 2015

Sixth proposal by Marguerite Pilven for the Code Inconnu cyclus

Over the last few years, the explosion of new media and neuroscience in the social domain has boosted the rise of artistic approaches questioning pretty openly how profoundly our perception is influenced by unconscious predispositions and how the studying of its mechanisms enables to improve the way we think out our relation to the world. As a painter, Nathalie Regard has made her practice evolve from the field of representation towards an increasingly sedimentary approach of the image turned into a code. Her phenomenological reflection has always gone hand in hand with some parallel work of observation and transcription of her dreams. The current exhibition recounts a journey going from her first dream diaries, made between 1996 and 2008, to her neurophysiological research which she started in 2011.

The daily exercise of dream transcription has trained Nathalie Regard to remember them with ever growing precision. The distinctive feature of a dream is to create a reality which we witness from the outside even though it comes from the inside. Nathalie Regard infiltrates this discrepancy through a physiological exploration of the dream activity. A branch of the cognitive sciences called situated cognition or embodied cognition supports the idea that the brain cannot be understood unless it is studied as being part of a body or a given situation. “A brain exists within a body, a body exists within the world and an organism moves, acts, reproduces, dreams and imagines” explains neurobiologist Francisco Varela.

With the collaboration of researchers Roberto Toro, who is a neuroscientist (Institute Pasteur) and neurologist Reyes Haro Valencia (Sleep Clinic, UNAM, Mexico), Nathalie Regard has developed an experimental protocol of sleep monitoring. Integrating her body in this context of study has allowed her to rebuild the environment of dream emergence, built upon the permanent exchanges between the inside and the outside, the internal perception and the environment. For over 80 nights, her dreams were being electronically recorded (EEG method) and stimulated in an auditive way which occasionally demonstrated their influence in the account of her dreams. These correspondences between brain activity and the subjective experience of dreaming were turned into the tangible form of bas-relief made from encephalographic data in 3D. These abstract landscapes could be seen as trophies marking out an impossible quest, the testimonies of fragile connections situated between the states of being asleep and being awake, and the possibility of getting a glimpse of the interaction with a physical memory opening onto a broadened awareness of our presence in the world.



Nathalie Regard graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2005. She moved to Paris in 1999 and exhibited at La Galerie in Noisy-le-Sec in 2001 and at the Espace d’Art Yvonamor Palix, Paris, in 2003, at the Tramway, Glasgow, in 2005, at the Galeria Myto, Mexico City, and at the Centro de las Artes in Monterrery in 2007. In 2010, she moved to Mexico City and founded the artist studio Lyrica. Since 2011, her investigation related to the notions of perception and mental images has led her to develop research combining artistic performances and cognitive sciences. The project was shown at the Brain Art Exhibitions during the conferences at the Human Brain Mapping in Quebec in 2011, in Beijing in 2012, and in Hamburg in 2014.

  • Opening Wednesday, June 10, 2015 5 PM → 9 PM
  • Meeting Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Pascal Pique, directeur du Musée de l’Invisible et Roberto Toro, neuroscientifique et chercheur à l’Institut Pasteur s’entretiennent avec l’artiste Nathalie Regard au sujet de son exposition Dream Sessions Paris.

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