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2004

There's one blockbuster dream, The Hedgehog Dispensary, illustrated (as an experiment) in watercolor. But mostly I illustrated older dreams this year. Nondream projects include a complex sculpture group called Unicorn Orgy and the huge Venus Unveiled, a portrait of that planet 1000 years from now--when, after heroic engineering, it's more fertile than Earth. Unlike Mars, our Venus data is murky: no photos, just ambiguous radar-scans and blurry altimetry maps. I had to learn orbital mechanics, terraforming, geography, climatology, ecology, sapiogenesis (the evolution of intelligence), then write a dozen regional tours with fake photos and sketches and maps, and a gazetteer describing every feature on Venus as it'd be with seas, decent air, life... As much work as a novel! Maybe I should've just written one, but VENUS UNVEILED was built for the Net from the start, as true hypertext--each tour sets out on a linear path, but forks, so you can wander round the planet, migrating with the natives.

I also went to Burning Man for the first time, showing seven planets in the Center Cafe, including Venus Unveiled. But my car died crossing the Sierra and I came back with a flu-like virus that hung on all year--one reason the list is so short.

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2004



UNICORN ORGY: by Wayan; 400K total, 20 illus., 1997-2004; sculpture, 1'x2'x2'.
A sculpted orgy of unicorns, dryads, and werewolf-satyrs designed to stand sideways on your wall...
CAUTION: SEX
I DREAMED MY PILLS WERE TAKING ME: by Wayan; 2004/3/13, a dirty lie.
A dream that'd explain why I quit taking Western medicines--(and why haven't you?) Only I didn't dream it. Just lived it.
FREAKY DREAM, or, HEART IN MY STOMACH: by Ratiries Steelclaw; c. 2004/3/30, a dream comic
I felt like my heart was in my stomach. My friend Lyx opened me up and confirmed it was. She scolded me for eating it...
CAUTION: URP
HOP: by Emily Joy, Maddie, and Kathe, 2004/3/31; three linked dreams of a single character
Three friends in one bed dream three dreams in one night about a talking rabbit with a persistent request...
DISTRACTUS: by Wayan, 2004/5/5, a comic sexy diagnostic dream... that baffled me.
Sex in a meadow... but we get distracted by a parade of protesters. By politics. Then a friend warns me of a disease, Coitus Distractus...
CAUTION: (DISTRACTED) SEX
BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT: by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/5/11, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series; Bleeding Heart as comix
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: by Wayan; 2004/5/20, a dreamsong (MP3+lyrics); Dreamverse #0
I meet a monster--half earthworm, half giraffe. Then I realize she’s kind of cute...
A TOUR OF YOUR BRAIN: by Wayan's brain, 3.4MB (MP3 + lyrics), May 2004, a rock-jig.
A lobe-by-lobe musical tour of your brain with Buddha as your tourguide...
THE TAKEOVER: by Lee Olivier; 2004/6/28, a triple diagnostic nightmare
An alien is taking over our world, and I feel so helpless that even when I wake I want to just forget the dream...
DESCENDING THE MOUNTAIN TOWER: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 2004/7/6, a dream of grounding
The boy and I walk a spiral trail down the mountain to the caves of tears...
THE CHIANG-SHIH: by Julian Garberson; 2004/8/23, a surreal Han Dynasty nightmare
A vampire wrestler on the Throne of Heaven pins me. Visualization and prayer don't free me--in fact, they get me killed...
VENUS UNVEILED: by Wayan, 2004/8/30; 4.5MB; a virtual world with 130 photos, maps, portraits.
Tour Venus as it will be in 1000 years, after terraforming: paradise for dozens of intelligent species!
THE DESTRUCTION OF HAWAI'I; 2004/9/2 by Anonymous #37; a short apocalyptic nightmare
I was a small boy living on Oahu. Out my front door I saw a 20-mile-tall wall of flames stretching across the horizon...
TRAIL OF POGS: by Wayan; 2004/9/6, my dreams' response to the first Burning Man dream-workshop
A trail toward Freedom has extra markers, for it's three trails, superimposed! Not all the cues are for us...
OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams prompting a 9-page comic on parallel sensory worlds
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompted me to draw comics about them with clear overlays showing how dreamworlds overlay ours...
AFTER BIRTH: by Wayan, 2004/9/29, astral acrylic painting
Never mind what happens after death! What if, before we were born, we were spirits with no idea what happens after birth?...
THE HEDGEHOG DISPENSARY: by Wayan; 2004/10/2, a watercolor dream-comic of a furry ambitopia. (Small screen, slow loading? Text w/pics)
A rabbit shaman makes his student drape dead hedgehogs round her neck til she bleeds. How to free her?
CAUTION: FURRY NUDITY, ABUSIVE MENTOR
FUCK CALIFORNIA!: by Wayan; 2004/10/15, a surreal, embarrassing dream
I'm trying to hump the entire State of California. In public, too. What brought THIS on? Well, actually, I know...
CAUTION: OBSCENE SITUATION--AND TITLE. OOPS, TOO LATE.
THE ELEVATOR PROPOSAL: by Wayan, 2004/10/15, a grotesque dream image revealing a subtler longterm pattern
I'm in an elevator with a giant guy with a hotel cart bearing a silver platter. On it, an erect penis. The guy tries to enlist me in his program to... what?
CAUTION: CARTOON PENIS
ALTARED MANSION: by Wayan; dreamed 2004/10/18, a dream-image of the range of the world's religions
I'm touring a gloomy, firelit Victorian mansion filled with icons and idols of every faith in the world, while this funny theme song runs in my head. What song?
CAUTION: MUSLIM RANTER, HUMILIATING SONG
HAND US THE FRENCHMAN!: by Wayan; 2004/10/24, a comic dreamlet on hippiedom's last gasp
The Feds order my friend Mike to hand them a Frenchman who left the US years ago. Mike manages to substitutes a junk VW, but drafts ME to gut the car...
CLASH OF KNOW-NOTHINGS: by Wayan; 2004/11/3, a election-day rant
We're not facing Huntington's 'Clash of Civilizations' but a world war in which inland monoculturalists attack cosmopolitan coasts...
CAUTION: POLITICAL IDEAS, POLITICAL RAGE
STREAMLINING: by Wayan; 2004/11/10, a dream within a dream
I dream I'm an otter, and wake into a dream about sculpture--and learn my style's due to my species...
REJECTED! SO?: by Wayan; 2004/11/12, a dream of political AND personal advice
A middle-class girl rejects me. Then a newsman dismisses my political positions as irrelevant. "Liberal media" my ass...
CAUTION: POLITICS
CLOSE THE GATE: by Emily Joy; 2004/11/19, a dream of decision.
My foxy lover teases and tempts, but I can't let him into the patio for fear he'll hurt the rabbits…
CAUTION: UNFUNNY BUNNY PUNS
A MUSLIM CHEETAH: by Wayan, 2004/12/2, a dream of fundamental ambivalence
A cheetah is a saboteur for a violent Islamic group. I'm attracted, but tear into her--"You plant bombs in the name of a rulebook meant for apes not cats!"
CAUTION: NUDE CHEETAH; CRITIQUES HOLY BOOKS
SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
CHART THE GROWTH: by Brenda Ferrimani; 2004, painting of an incubated, oracular dream
I asked my dreams "What's my truest purpose?" I dreamed my body was a tree, and a voice said "Chart the growth"...
THE DREAM TO LAST YEARS: by Elizabeth Church; 2004? to March 2008; recurring encounters with a protector--in and out of dreams!
For about five years now I have been dreaming of this guy. Different dreams, same guy...
GALLERY GAWKERS: by Wayan; 2003-5; sketches of San Francisco characters
For two years, I sat at the desk in our co-op gallery, and secretly sketched our bewildered, art-assaulted customers...
WINTER DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; winter of late 2004/early 2005, a painted series of color-dreams.
After teaching a class on color, I had a set of vivid dreams about color, and tried fusing them into one painting...


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