Endurance art can in itself be considered metaphorically, for the implications of exertion, stress and risk. It is generally associated with extreme physical events but in performing ecology, I also claim it as a methodology for scoring intense mental concentration on metaphors and related narrative structures over long periods of time. In many indigenous cultures, determinism draws as much on the validation of irrational visions and dreams as it may on observations of weather patterns or animal migration. In European thought, these elemental directives took form in surrealism, free association and the role of the unconscious in psychoanalytic thought, influencing post-modernist thinking. In Chapter four, I introduced the idea that mapping is a scored metaphorical journey through a branching world, like Lakoff ‘s conceptual correspondences, resulting in knowledge structures (“Language and thought,” 1993 p. 7) and directives for action. Now, I will introduce a dream metaphor that became a literal journey.
Performing ecology: In November 1989, I was practicing lucid dreaming. I went to sleep one Friday night, unsure of my next work project. I awoke Saturday morning from a lucid dream, (Sainte Denis 1867, Barrett 1992, 2010), that process in which one trains oneself to solve problems in the dream state. I dreamt that I should go to Northern New England. Within an hour, I located a friend with a home on Vinalhaven Island, made the decision to move there and made a plan to go there. I stepped off the ferry onto the Island the next day and moved there permanently three months later.