Project by Marina Alexeeva & Sergey Karlov for the Freud Museum of Dreams

Marina Alexeeva works with various media including animation, installation, object, and painting. Often her work is characterized by a particular small size: Inspired by public places as well as private living spaces, Alexeeva develops micro-installations of concentrated environments that she presents in small boxes. Her animation films are witty and playful.

For the Freud Museum of Dreams, the artist developed a new project that is intervening into the museum’ s total installation, the hall of dreams, a light room and a dark room, a zone of “conscious – preconscious” and a zone of “preconscious – unconscious”. Alexeeva’s animations are directly attached to single objects within the hall of dreams: a photograph of Freud with his dogs, a watercolor depicting a flower, the object of a human eye and the leather sculpture of the necrorealist artist Vladimir Kustov.

With the help of a special glass frame or other technical gimmicks, Aleexeva’s animated figures and objects become the protagonists of a happening that is taking place on the surface of the selected objects of the museum’s permanent exhibition. Alexeeva claims that – while developing her animations – she used a technique of psychoanalysis that was devised by Sigmund Freud, free association. In free association, the patient is encouraged to relate whatever comes into his/her mind during the analytic session, and not to censor his/her thoughts – with the aim to put forth the “true” feeelings and thoughts in an atmosphere of non-judgmental curiosity and acceptance. Alekseeva states that the technique of , free association is something very close to her approach in art: “The happenings in the video are guiding me, they are clinging to each other.”

Marina Alexeeva, Sergey Karlov (Russia, St Petersburg)

Marina Alexeeva was born in 1959 in Leningrad (USSR) and lives in St. Petersburg. Marina Alexeeva is a winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize (2011) and participated in the 5th Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art as well as the Contemporary Art Biennial of the South in Panama (2013). Her works have been included in permanent collections of The State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), Fundació Sorigué (Barcelona), Ekaterina Cultural Foundation (Moscow), and Art Vectors Investment Partnership Foundation (Vienna) among others.

The Freud Museum of Dreams

The Freud Museum of Dreams opened November 4, 1999 to celebrate the centenary of the first edition of The Interpretation of Dreams. The Museum explores the world of dreams, Freud’s theories, and his passion for art and ancient artifacts.
The Museum of Dreams is a total installation. All its walls, surfaces, floors and ceilings – both visible and invisible – are conceived, calculated, and arranged so that the visitor can expand those beyond reality and extend visual elements in accordance with their own experience, fantasies and desires.

Unlike  museums in Vienna and London, St. Petersburg museum has got no links to any specific places where Freud lived, but it relates to his ideas and dreams – ephemeral, virtual, ideal world. It is a Museum of psychoanalysis, the museum of psychic reality, a palimpsest of words and images, feelings and intentions.

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