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ONEIRIC TRACES

Holen Sabrina Kahn for the Social Dream Lab, de Young Museum, San Francisco, California; February 6-March 3, 2013

Project: to take flight in my dreams and to encourage all who encounter this project to fly as well, in both the conscious and unconscious hours of the day.

From Icarus to Jarno and his Human Birdwings there is an urge to leave the ground, untethered from the burdens and weight of the material world. Whether lifting upwards to gain perspective, leave despair, or flee from madness – there is a hopefulness in its power. A lightness of being and becoming.

Over the next weeks I ask you to embrace this desire to defy our gravitational state in both mind and body – to explore the act of flight in a dream state. Though lucid dreamers may find access into this process readily, those of us less in control of our unconscious space will be more methodical in our entry – using immersion in the notion and action of flying to invoke its presence. We will mine the research on memory and learning on the body’s retention and transformation of the traces of physical action in sleep. We will meander through invention histories of human flight and the flight machine. We will explore both the light and shadow sides as they arise.

Daily there will be offerings, provocations and prompts in the form of text, image, sound and experience with which to engage. I also invite you to post your musings, actions and prompts to the community, and to log and share your dreams.

As with all dreaming there are no bounds, anything may come, anything may go.

Please join me in this social dreaming experiment.

Impetus:  For the last decade I have slept next to my love who soars regularly, often on whim, in his dreams. I though, have been confounded in my efforts to take flight in a somatic state.This has left me open to what might be referred to as dream-flight envy.  It has also created a deeper curiosity about the nature of flying and its significance with in our imaginations.

Social Dreaming: Artists Natalie Zimmerman and Michael Wilson invited me to participate in their expansive project, Social Dreaming in the 21st Century taking place at the de Young Museum this month, it opened up the idea of communal dreaming. Their work, which is engaged in the role of the collective conscious/unconscious and revolutionary longing as expressed and experienced in dreams and the language of dreaming provides a springboard for questions about the role of liberatory dreaming.

Can Flight enact a state of freedom, or does it just un-ground us from the real?
 

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