and some remarks.
Day dream job: Little boys, especially those of preschool age, often aspire to become firefighters or police officers. However, I’m not sure about girls’ future career aspirations. I’m also not sure what my vision was as a 5-year-old. Probably a demolitionist, since my father was one at the time. When I came across the Surrealists at the age of 17, my dream job shifted towards sleeping. The well-known photos of Robert Desnos, who always seemed to be sleeping, Andre Breton‘s book Communicating Vessels, which helped me to be able to partially control dreams, or Sigmund Freud with his The Interpretation of Dreams. All of this awakened the desire to one day earn my living through dreams. As is so often the case in life, I had neither developed a business plan nor put any effort into its implementation. And so it remained with dreams during the night hours.
Closer to daydreaming now
Now that I no longer have to think exclusively about how to fill my fridge or how to please the tax office, dreaming is gaining more meaning in my life again. I’ve already posted some work about my dreams, but after my last article, “Between Here and There,” I reflected on them even more. Because the time of awakening is the perfect example of a point between the here, the so-called reality, and the there, the dream world. Of course, this period looks different if we slide from there to here because of the fine smell of coffee or because of some noise.
We all know pictures that have dreams or the dream world as their content, and of course, it was primarily the Surrealists like Giorgio de Chirico who set milestones in this area. But in general, they are always snapshots. An image recreates a specific scene from a dream. What appeals to me at the moment is not that kind of static look, like a photo captures a moment. Rather, I would like to show a dynamic aspect. So the time period, however short it may be, in which fragments of dreams disappear and make way for so-called reality.
I will spare us the individual attempts to comment, but I wanted to show them because I have always intended with my blog to involve readers in certain processes of my work or approach to a topic. And as it seems, many people like it, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for the friendly feedback.
Extra: Remarks on Google & Co.
Even if the topic of AI is not relevant to some, I would like to say something about the visibility of blog posts. Not everyone operates their blog for the same reasons. What I am going to mention next is therefore not relevant to many. However, discoverability through search engines has always been and will remain a primary goal for me. For those who share this goal, some developments in this area can be of interest or importance.
First: Google is introducing new parameters for ranking. An article on this topic can be found HERE and HERE and everywhere on the net. In a nutshell: Among other things, pages with their own content are preferred, i.e., ranked higher. And above all – a development that I like very much – AI detects AI-generated pages. And does not index them or at least does not give them any significance. YouTube also follows this example.
As I have already mentioned in the past, I do not have any fundamental reservations about AI. Rather, I try to integrate it into my work. To give a concrete example, a very early article of mine, a marginal topic that did not interest many people, was about Mu Qi’s Six Persimmons. When I realized that I had a passable ranking on Google for this, I became aware of my poorly written article. (Since my English is not very good, I sometimes make embarrassing mistakes or stylistic calamities). So I corrected the errors with the help of AI, and the number of views increased rapidly.
It’s not impressive per se, but it’s a side topic, and the number mainly reflects the recent period. I don’t want to go into too much detail since we know that opinions on this topic vary widely. I just wanted to point out these new google changes.