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Collaborative Dream Art

We think of dreams as utterly private. But in fact we often tell our closest friends, and that can provoke them to dream on the same topic. Or they may be inspired to create poetry or music or art based on your dream. This sort of collaboration is a fascinating process, and as I can testify from personal experience, often a fun one. We think of dreams as so personal no one else could ever capture them. Yet if you have no skills in a particular medium, you may get better results from a collaborator or a commissioned artist than from doing it yourself. The details may not be perfect, but the feeling is what matters.

At the least, it's an intriguing experiment to try...

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ABOVE SOCIETY: by Jayci Ferrimani; c. 1998, painting of a flying dream with a point
I flew over a forest. I noted the trees were all the same, and told myself to remember this...
AMERICAN WIDOW: by Alissa Torres; February 2002, a dream of her husband lost on 9/11
High-voltage traces of our lust and love flowed through our mattress nightly... until one night when the power surged and overflowed. Then I felt you...
ANIMAL TRANSFIGURATION: by Edwin Muir; c.1920, a dream of an animal Resurrection
A man with luminous hair leads me out to a field where all the world's animals gaze at heaven--except one...
BAND-AIDS: by Bagheera Pardus; c.1985, a lucid re-entered nightmare turned to joy.
Giant snakes chased me, but I went lucid, turned and slew one. As I woke, the snakes were crying. So I re-entered the dream and...
CAUTION: SNAKES, BEHEADING, REHEADING
THE BEAR'S RIP: by Xanthe; dreamed 1990 or 1991; a lucidish dream with four sketches.
A bear rips open my wall and guides me into a psychedelic space where I learn to see with new eyes...
BIRDMAN TEACHES "NO!": by Miriel as told to Wayan; 1985/7/11, a poem on flight/assertion training
In the canyon behind our home, a steel-clawed birdman taught my brother and me to fly. His method was weird: he told us to shout "NO!"...
BLUE EAGLE: by Xanthe; 1989/10/6, a dream that said it wasn't for me
I met a great blue eagle waiting to get into a library--but not to hunt books...
COSMIC MAYPOLE: by Georganna Malloff; 1976-80s, dream-based drawings and totem poles
I dreamed all the creatures of the world were dancing around a maypole. My friends and I sculpted a totem pole from the dream...
DAWN'S DREAM: by Dawn Z and Wayan; 2.3MB (MP3 + lyrics), 1999/4/1, a rock song telling a dream
My friend Dawn dreamed she crawled into a dumpster to live, and at last felt at home, secure...
DRAGON ME: by Preston Young and Katie Hofgard; 2005/2/14? a collaborative dream-portrait.
Preston dreams he's a dragon and his girlfriend Katie drew his portrait from his account
THE DREAM: by Henri Rousseau; 1910, a (collaborative?) dream painting
Rousseau's famous painting of a woman who falls asleep on a sofa and finds herself in a glorious jungle may just be a real dream...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SLACKING
EXUBERANT BALLOONS: by Pauline Ramsey, c. 1985, a sudden joyful dream image.
I stood on a bridge in winter. A skater shot out from the arch beneath, trailing a rainbow of balloons...
FAKE IT!: by Electra Johannes and Patagia; 2007/9/22 and 2007/92/3, linked dreams.
Patagia dreams she fakes a Hindu rite, provoking Electra to dream she fakes leadership in a band of refugees. Or are they faking?
FIGURE DRAWING: AND AT ALL TIMES BE SERIOUS: by Wayan; 1995/3/6?, figure study.
She tried to find a pose so melodramatically goofy the sketchers couldn't take her seriously... but no.
CAUTION: ART-SCHOOL NUDITY
FIGURE DRAWING: FERNS: by Wayan, 1995/4/17, crayon figure-study
Evangeline the model arranged pillows and potted ferns and told us to just picture real rocks and the ferny cascade she wanted...
CAUTION: NUDITY
FIGURE DRAWING: NINA IS A TV: by Wayan; 1995/5/8 studio drawing, crayon
Nina the model's weirdest pose yet; she has the original drawing but this copy is close...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
FIGURE DRAWING: NOW HOLD THAT POSE: by Wayan; 1989/11/6 digital sketch of model clowning.
Shasé liked absurd, impossible poses, and she held them heroically...
CAUTION: SILLY NUDITY
FIGURE DRAWING: STARE DOWN THE SHOE: by Wayan; 1995/7/24, crayon studio sketch
A confrontation between the top predators on this planet: Evangeline and her boot...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY
FLOCK WISDOM: by Alder; 1958, a magic comic frustration dream
My eighth grade class is a flock of birds migrating south for the winter, but we don't migrate the easy way...
THE FLYING HORSES OF MIEN MO: by Jack Kerouac, Nov/Dec? 1957, a persistent numinous image
I'm in Mexico. The mountain of the gods looms over Coyacan. Around it, silhouetted on the rising moon, wheel griffinlike winged horses wearing capes...
FOUR-EYED BABY: by Xanthe; 1989?, a Jungian dream
I met some little hunchbacks in the woods who showed me a newborn baby growing from the moss...
FOUR-LEGGED MONK: by Centaurquad; June 1983; a sexy transformation dream
My boyfriend's a student in an exotic monastery. But under his robe, he's gotten a bit exotic himself...
CAUTION: SEXUAL DREAM
I DIDNíT DIVE IN: by Herbert Read; before 1938, a dream-poem experiment.
I watched her dive into the lake and not come up. Her golden cloak floated on the water. I hesitated just a moment, and...
JASHA EXPLAINS DEATH: by Wayan; ca. 1974/10/1; a 10-page painted comic with recurrent dream figures
Deep Duck's interview with Jasha the Krelkin turns strange as she urges rebellion against human restrictions... like mortality itself.
CAUTION: REDWOOD-SPRITE SEX, PEEING ON TREES, DRUNK DUCK
JESSE'S DEATH: drawn by Joey Epstein from her father-in-law's dream; 1983/7/31, an apparent psychic dream
At the exact minute Joey's infant daughter Jesse died, her father-in-law woke up 500 miles away and announced, "The baby..."
LION EYES: by Patagia; 2007/11/??, a serious dream-prank.
Lions trap me in an African cave with only coffee, paper and pens! Is this what it takes to get me to write?
LIZARD HUSBAND: by Xanthe, 1990/8/30; a nightmare marriage.
I visit the underworld court of the Lizard King, but I can't leave: he makes me Queen...
CAUTION: MARITAL RAPE (NON-GRAPHIC)
LUCID FLIGHT: by Lisa Reich; March 2003, an ecstatic lucid dream of flight.
I flew as if part of the air--an otherworldly freedom so exquisite I wonder if it's attainable at all in earthly existence...
MANDALA OF THE EIGHT DREAMERS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/9/16, painting of a group's dreams
Our dream-group's dreams had a lot of imagery in common: circles, groups, meditation. I fused them into this piece...
MY MOTHER'S CLOSET: by Rachel Hadas, c. 2000; a dream-poem provoking a 2008/9/16 dream by Chris Wayan
I was in my mother's closet, trying on her outfits, and trapped in Hamlet, too...
MYRNA, LOOK AHEAD: by Myrna, drawn by her daughter Joey Epstein; before 1988, a dream of a revenant ghostís advice
After Myrnaís husband gave up diabetes treatments to die at home, one night she felt him behind her in bed, and he whispered...
NIGHT FLIGHT: by Catherine as told to Wayan; c. 1962, a recurrent childhood flying dream.
My friend Catherine dreamed she was a flying mare with golden hooves. But in real life, she lost them...
PEGASUS LANDS: by Roswila; early 1990s? A collaborative haiga [picture-poem] of a dream
Haiku by Roswila of a dream of meeting a winged horse, illustrated by her late friend Janet...
THE RED SPHERE: by Madeline; 2006/12/13, twin (diagnostic? psychic?) nightmares
Calmly, I watch a girl trapped in a lab try to escape, and die; and watch a man lose his head to a hungry thing...
CAUTION: GRUESOME
RUNNING BIRD: by Alder; 1953, a kinetic nightmare with double selves.
I'm a flightless bird hopping down a line of marble columns rising from the sea, as they topple behind me...
SHE DREAMS OF BELLY DANCING: by Daughn Lee and Roswila; 1999 (2000?), a collaborative dream-poem
Alternating stanzas by very different poets, based on Roswila's dream of bellydancing in the streets...
SLITHY: by Xanthe; 120K, 1989-90, a recurrent dream image
An amber stream recurring in my dreams led me to meet a huge, strange being, Slithy...
SPIRAL LAUGHTER: by Alder; 1953, a child's feverdream
The world is a whirlpool, a black and white spiral pulling me down toward a black hole, and it's laughing...
SURRENDER TO THE WHITE BUFFALO: by Kathleen Sullivan, 1970s?; a nightmare turned shamanic
A gigantic herd of buffalo stampede toward me. I panic, then surrender in peace to what is surely my death...
TED'S DEATH: drawn by Joey Epstein from her aunt's mid-1980s dream; an apparent psychic dream
Ted died of CO2 poisoning in Hong Kong. His mom dreamed he came to tell her it was painless. To prove he was real, he told her...
TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, or, A Complete Summary of Poesy; early August 1992 by Wayan and Cory; a haiku slam?
You get 26 dice with letters on every face. Roll them all. Your haiku must use every letter. Go!


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