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The Royal Road to the Unconscious (2003)

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The Royal Road to the Unconscious (information as material, 2003) was conceived by the artist Simon Morris in order to conduct an experiment on Sigmund Freud’s writing. Utilizing Ed Ruscha’s book Royal Road Test as a readymade set of instructions, 78 students cut out every single word from Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. On Sunday, 1 June 2003, the artist Simon Morris (thrower) threw the words out of the window of a Renault Clio Sport on Redbridge Road, Crossways, Dorset, travelling at a speed of 90mph, approximately 122 miles south-west of Freud’s psychoanalytical couch in London. The action freed the words from the structural unity of Freud’s text as it subjected them to an ‘aleatory moment’ – a seemingly random act of utter madness.
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Keywords: Freud; Interpretation of Dreams; Royal Road Test; Ruscha; cut-ups; unconscious

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Leeds Beckett University

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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