Link to our Dream Share Art Project page: https://www.facebook.com/CSUartstudents?ref=hl
For our Participatory art project My partner Cynthia and I worked together by creating a joint Facebook page called Dream Share Art Project. We asked our participants to freely write about any dreams they wished to share. After a few days from making our page, we began to get responses and soon enough we got responses from not just our close friends, but from friends of friends too. We asked questions about what kind of dreams they experience.
“Do you dream in color? Have you ever had a dream solve a problem you could not solve consciously? What are some of your family’s passed down understandings to certain symbols found in dreams?”
Using Photoshop we created an image of text from the responses and dreams submitted to posts we generated on Dream Share. The piece was created with then intention to show the results of our project, the interaction between the participants with us as we created an environment where they could be comfortable to tell there dreams in a public space. Dreams are very intimate and it can be difficult for people to share those experiences in a setting that is not so private. The piece is meant to show our experience of this project and to share the collective of dream descriptions with the viewer all at once.
Working together with Cynthia, we re-reviewed the responses together and chose certain submissions to become more prominent. Depending on the nature of the dream we modified the images of text to give off the obeisance that the dreams eluted to, while also hiding pieces of the dream. While some submissions were quite long or clear the dream still had what seemed as missing pieces, which depending on the information missing or a hazy visual experience of the viewer we gave those dream images used visual qualities to show that. Some dreams had a main focus to the dream, an image that was very significant to the dreamer, so we asked that if the participant to include an image if they liked.
For other dreams that had that focus and didn’t have an image, we added-in images found by using google. While searching google images after reading others dreams we did experience a connection to imagery in dreams and how images are collected online. Dreams are said to work like memory created by images stored in your mind being recycled, then our mind try to make sense of the images by orginizing it into a storyline. Through this project we gained more knowledge on how others dream aside from our own experiences dreaming, and started to give us a connection between functions of the brain and aspects of the internet.