Simon Morris; The Royal Road to the Unconscious, 2003
The Royal Road to the Unconscious was conceived by the artist Simon
Morris in order to conduct an experiment on Sigmund Freud’s writing.
Utilising Ed Ruscha’s book Royal Road Test as a readymade set of
instructions, seventy-eight students cut out every single word from
Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams. On Sunday, June 1st, 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 southwest 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.