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February 6—March 2, 2013

de Young Museum (Kimball Gallery), San Francisco

Contemporary culture is awash in the rhetoric of dreams and revolutionary longing. From attempts to revitalize America (The American Dream), to civil rights (The Dream Act), to the recent global grassroots movements re-imagining a future of social, economic and environmental justice for all—collective aspirations are being creatively expressed and shared with unprecedented speed and reach. During the month of February 2013, the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum was used as a laboratory for exploring the intersection of individual and shared states of unconscious/ness. Invited guests included experts from diverse backgrounds to facilitate dream experiments using both poetic and scientific methodologies. During the month, artists Michael Wilson and Natalie Zimmerman continued research and production for their experimental film, Close the Eyes, as they further examine both personal and collective dynamics of dreaming and its relationship to larger social and cultural issues of our time.





Saturday, February 9th (2 sessions: 1PM and 3PM)
Swimming the Hidden Stream – Childhood Dreams and Life Myth
A collective dream session with process worker Lane Ayre, Ph.D.

Sunday, February 10th (1-5PM)
California Institute of Integral Studies: Inter-Arts Class dream-work session with Lane Ayre, Ph.D. (observation only)

Thursday, February 14th (2PM)
Special collective dream session: Intimacy and Relatedness led by Co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Jeremy Taylor

Saturday, February 16th (2PM)
Soul’s Melodies: an unfolding of poetry, music and meditation
Performances by Taneen Sufi Musical Ensemble and renown Sufi writer and scholar Dr. Nahid Angha.

Sunday, February 17th
1PM Dream work session for artists led by Founder of Circadian Media Lab, Jeff Liefer
3PM Social Dreaming: working toward a collective vision led by Jeremy Taylor

Sunday, February 24th
2PM Society of the Spectacle reading group led by translator Ken Knabb, who will introduce the book, as well as Guy Debord and his oeuvre.

March 2, 2013  |  CLOSING EVENT
Social Dreaming in the 21st Century
1PM in the Koret Auditorium
an afternoon of spoken word, fleeting images and musical improvisation

“Poetic Expressions of Mindful Dreaming”
DR. NAHID ANGHA is a Sufi scholar, human rights activist, lecturer and renown author. She is Co-founder and Co-Director of the International Association of Sufism (IAS).

“Collective Dreaming”
JEFF LEIFER is the founder of Circadian Media Lab, a values-driven strategic consultancy and interactive media company that frames scalable, transformational stories across digital landscapes. While serving on the board of Harvard Divinity School’s Business Leadership Program on Public Values he has worked alongside storied iconoclasts Norman Lear and Cornell West. He is a student of Jeremy Taylor’s collective dream process and most recently led a collective dream session for artists at the Social Dream Lab.

“Which One of Us Is Dreaming?”
BEN EHRENREICH is the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His work as a a journalist has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s and Los Angeles Magazine. He has been recently reporting on the West Bank, where he spent last summer and winter.

“a framework for our dreams: film, contemplation, and the ecstasy of embodiment”
JENELLE TROXELLE received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Texas A&M University. She is a co-editor of the journal Convolution, and is presently at work on a book manuscript “What Does She See When She Shuts Her Eyes: Transnationalism, Feminism, and the Cinematic Avant-garde.”

“We Dream the World, and the World Dreams Us”
LANE ARYE (Ph.D.) has been practicing and teaching Process Work (developed by Arnold Mindell) around the world for 25 years. Whether working with dreams, conflicts, post-war reconciliation, or the creative process, Lane supports individuals and groups to discover wholeness, mystery, and community.

“San Francisco and the Radical Imagination”
GIFFORD HARTMAN is an educator, working-class historian and co-founder of the Bay Area Public School.

“Dreams inside the maid training agency in Jogjakarta”
JEANNIE SIMMS’ works are rooted in photography and the moving image. She scours history and contemporary situations, contesting accepted perspectives and proposing vital new narratives. She recently completed a seven-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and a film commission with the Nara International Film Festival in Japan. She serves as faculty at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

“Like a dream, a lightning flash or a cloud…”
Rev. FURYU NANCY SCHROEDER has been a student of Zen Buddhism for over 30 years. She lives and teaches at Green Gulch Farm.

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Improvisation performed by San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist, NADIA SHIHAB whose sound performances rely on improvisation, experimentation, delay and repetition.

RECEPTION: A closing reception for the Social Dream Lab in the Kimball Gallery from 3–5pm (food and refreshments will be provided).




Oneiric Traces: Meditations on the Body in Flight in a State of Somnus led (remotely/online) by artist Holen Kahn.

from Athens, Greece: led (remotely/online) by the Guerrilla Optimists (Alexandros Georgiou, Jennifer Nelson, Fredericka: The Sunflower with a Whip, Manos Tsatiris, and C. Amalia Charikiopoulou).

Viennese Dreams: led (remotely/online) by Bernadette Stummer

And Now They Want Your Dreams, Too: CT-CR Collective (Anne-Marie Oliver, Barry Sanders, Marie-Pierre Hasne, Joan Handwerg, Nicole Eriko Amagi-Smith, Marshall Astor, Carmen Denison, Peter Falanga, Andre Fortes, Dustin Freemont, Val Hardy, Lauren Heagerty, Hannah Horovitz, Evangelina Owens, Mel Ponis, Kevin Smith, Mohammed Usrof, Brooke Wendt, and Chloé Womack).

Dream Exchanges: one-on-one conversations and creative un/conscious explorations will happen throughout the month with the artists Wilson and Zimmerman from Wednesdays—Sundays from 1-5PM



INSTALLED IN THE GALLERY: Fabric Earth: A Textile Topography
Inspired by flying dreams and imagining aerial-view landscapes as the “Fabric of the Earth”, Amber Bieg hand felts the Fabric Earth floor textiles using ancient wet felting techniques. Sourcing 100% local wool, the materials for this piece were coordinated by Fibershed (




We would like to express special gratitude to all of the staff at the de Young who have generously offered support and enthusiasm to this project.

de Young Public Programs Staff: Renee Baldocchi, Andrea Martin, Gregory Stock, Danica Gomez

de Young Public Relations: Clara Hatcher

Koret Auditorium Production Manager: John Anaya

de Young Public Programs Interns: Suzie Berndt, Caroline Charuk, Nicole Catalfamo, Karlie Drutz, Libby Jones, Mitzi Mathews, Amanda Minafo, Rebecca Murphy