<![CDATA[DreamsID.com - Gallery of dreams and artworks]]>Wed, 16 Mar 2022 15:30:31 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Dream of running with family from war and later returning home, told during an event for foundation to counselling students, Goldsmiths, University of London, 10th March 2022.]]>Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:33:24 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-running-with-family-from-war-and-later-returning-home-told-during-an-event-for-foundation-to-counselling-students-goldsmiths-university-of-london-10th-march-2022
I am in a city at home with my family, there is myself, my dad, mum, and little brother and sister. It is night-time and outside it is a war zone, we can hear the gunshots. We run outside to try to escape, there is noise everywhere and we can see the red brick buildings of the city. We are then at a petrol station which has four long alleyways, like crossroads, as entrances. The noise gets louder. My dad says that we need to stay, he is very keen to stay but I urge everyone to go. We spin round and see the enemy on horses, like the cavalry, coming along one alleyway, and so run the other way. There are then leaking drains, with water filling up the road. I see two pairs of shoes, one pair are black with a white tick on them. I grab one pair and think that I won’t see the other pair again. There is now more water than we expected and we are swimming as well as running. I then see that my father isn’t there, because he can’t swim, and I’m very sad as I realise I had only been thinking about myself rather than helping him. I’m then imagining coming back to the house much later, and finding there are people in the house. I circle around the outside of the house, and am tense. I knock on the door wondering who is in our old house. I go inside the house and see a young man sitting in a green armchair with a gun on his lap, which is pointing at me. They are the last of the conquered people in the city.
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<![CDATA[Dream of walking along paths on a snowy marsh and into the sea. Told at online event for members of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism, 18th February 2022.]]>Fri, 18 Feb 2022 19:52:00 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-walking-along-paths-on-a-snowy-marsh-and-into-the-sea-told-at-online-event-for-members-of-the-international-society-for-the-study-of-surrealism-18th-february-2022
I walk out of woods and onto a bay with a snow-covered marsh that leads to the sea. The sea has stones under it. Along the paths there are some footsteps but no-one is around. My wife is present but unseen. The snow is knee high, I am wearing shorts or swimming trunks, as if it was the Summer. I then see clothing and underclothes strewn on the ground, there are frilly brassieres and Ugg boots, as if some young people had discarded them to go into the water. I am fleetingly bemused by this, thinking that they must be cold in this weather. But I also wonder that when I go into the water maybe it will not be as cold as the marshy surroundings. As I step into the water I wake up. However, at this point or earlier, I was on my way to a ferry and my wife and I had to stay overnight in a hotel so as to catch the ferry the next day. I was hoping that we had reserved a room, but my wife and I agreed that we could always sleep in the hotel or ferry lounge if not.

 
In the discussion the dream-sharer said that the dream was related to ageing, and also nostalgia as he had known ferry areas next to the sea like this when younger.
 
Julia composed the painting using an area in italics at the right to depict part of the sea. This paragraph, where the dreamer and his wife are represented in the sea, begins:
Here is a man’s dream
 
To make the footprints Julia combined pairs of words across the bottom of the composition.
The dream
The woman
Stood
 
And in the same section:
An allusion to a woman
On the snowy marsh the two-word footprint combinations say:
The dream
Her husband
Will she
In dreams
 
A bra drawn in the corner of a paragraph has the word ‘latent’ in the strap and next to it the footprint reads ‘dream content’ and the other strap reads ‘time’ with the footprint ‘to her’ next to it. Similarly, one of the Ugg boots, which has made some of the footprints, is also made of two-word combinations and has on its sole:
the girl

In a pink pair of lacy pants on the beach are the words:
lady smiled
With her
 
And on the vague figure of the dreamer’s wife, to the right of the man, are the words:
with
a woman
She is the wife of
The man who is dreaming.
 
Above the two figures, near the horizon of the sea, is the word ‘fifteen’, the age of the dreamer’s child, briefly mentioned in the discussion. It is compositionally linked to the ferry boat on the horizon at the top of the right page, which is made up of two lines:
her bed
with a warning
These were highlighted because in the discussion the dreamer couldn’t remember if he and his wife had booked a room at the hotel and thought they might have to sleep in the hotel or ferry lounge.

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<![CDATA[Dream of choosing between two sets of keys, one set familiar, one set unfamiliar, and meeting myself as a child. Told at online event organised by Scottish Opera, 9th February 2022, during rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.]]>Thu, 10 Feb 2022 12:00:21 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-choosing-between-two-sets-of-keys-one-set-familiar-one-set-unfamiliar-and-meeting-myself-as-a-child-told-at-online-event-organised-by-scottish-opera-9th-february-2022-during-rehearsals-for-a-midsummer-nights-dream
I am in a house with dark wood panelling and a wooden floor. There is a window that looks onto brightness outside. I know that the house is my home. I have two sets of keys, one in either hand. The set in my left-hand is familiar, the right-hand set is unfamiliar and has many more keys on it, some are small and some are large. I spend a minute trying to figure out which set of keys is for the big door I’m standing by, and I settle on the big unfamiliar ring of keys. I open the door, which leads onto space, with stars. At the door there’s a little kid facing me, and I know it’s me, but it has no features, it’s just a small mass of light. It takes my hand and I step through, step out, and then I wake up. 


The dream-sharer, Lea Shaw, mezzo-soprano with Scottish Opera, had this dream when production and rehearsals were just starting for the opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which Lea performs the role of Hermia. In the discussion Lea spoke of the array of choices and possibilities that occur at the start of a production, and that this array might be depicted metaphorically in the dream by the set of unfamiliar keys; we realised later that metal lock keys might indeed be depicting the musical keys of the opera! The wooden floor in the dream could thus also be a reference to the operatic stage. Lea spoke of the interests she had as a child, including interest in outer space, how she first went to performances at that age, and of how proud the child would be of her older self. 
 
Julia Lockheart chose two pages from Freud’s book The Interpretation of Dreams so that the left-hand page would have undivided text on which to represent the left hand and one set of keys, and the right-hand page would have a large bottom paragraph on which to paint the right hand and its keys, with a smaller paragraph above for the body and head of the child. The painting is composed so that the two hands curve together, and with the upwards side of the left hand following the left vertical edge of the text.   
  
During the painting process words that Julia found on the page were incorporated into the artwork. Notable are -  

In the window:

 ‘the house of a lady’
 
And in the head and body of the child:

‘females
 
girl
with me
carrying’
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<![CDATA[Dream of returning pregnant to school and of escaping threats, told during an event for foundation to counselling students, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2nd February 2022]]>Sun, 06 Feb 2022 21:41:06 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-returning-pregnant-to-school-and-of-escaping-threats-told-during-an-event-for-foundation-to-counselling-students-goldsmiths-university-of-london-2nd-february-2022
I am back in my old secondary school, looking around, with two of my old friends who are, like me, in our late 20s but in the dream, also 14 - 16 year-olds. I am in the ICT suite, which was also my 6th form room, there are computer, chairs and hexagonal tables. I remember that I used to watch Tracy Beaker on the TV in this room. One of my old teachers is here. I realise that I am heavily pregnant and am embarrassed and ashamed, feeling judged and wanting to explain myself to him. I then walk around the school buildings, exploring bits of it and going into the drama studio. I am next where I currently work, a youth service that is located in a school. It has a brown carpet and looks rather run-down. A young person I care for is there (I will call her ‘A’), and she is very distressed. This reminds me of what I know is a current situation for her. Somehow, she has the colour purple associated with her in the dream. She reaches out and touches my belly, I feel this is very intrusive and feel violated. I say “don’t do that.” The scene is now also the corridors at Goldsmiths, with black and white squares on the floor. I am then with A in an outside environment, it has a white colour but this is not snow. It is dangerous and there are characters from Harry Potter threatening us, evil people, one is Draco Malfoy, but they are faint, as I know they are fictional. I have to go through a cave with A so as to escape. I tell her that I am behind her, that she shouldn’t worry about me and should wait for me at the end of the cave. We go through the cave and emerge at the other end.       

 
The painting depicted the four scenes in the dream: secondary school, current workplace, place of study, and then in the outdoors with a cave. Julia chose the pages from The Interpretation of Dreams based on four panels, so as to depict the four scenes of the dream. During the painting process Julia found the following words of Freud on the pages and incorporated them into the artwork:
 
At the top of the right-hand page:
‘instincts of the older girl will be awakened towards the helpless new-born infant.’ 
 
In the belly:
‘a new baby
his opinion’
with link to
‘hand and strokes her’
 
There I also in the middle of the left-hand page:
‘a girl’, ‘birth of the first child’, and ‘cried out at the birth’
 
Next to the teacher:
‘a good-natured, affectionate child
and took her under his special protection’
     
And in the face of A:
‘seriously
disadvantage
A’
and on her body:
‘a girl’

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<![CDATA[Dream of New York cop angry at state of the world, with alien spores causing apocalypse, told at Surrealisms 2021 conference, 13th November 2021]]>Sat, 13 Nov 2021 16:10:29 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-new-york-cop-angry-at-state-of-the-world-with-alien-spores-causing-apocalypse-told-at-surrealisms-2021-conference-13th-november-2021
Dream told at Surrealisms 2021, the conference of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism.

I’m in a busy wide street in New York City. A woman of colour is being arrested for eating popcorn because she has no mask. I am also eating popcorn, outside a restaurant, and a cop who’s next to me leans on the plate glass and says to me ‘you know what’s wrong with the world?’ She continues, ‘like why are we still using Xerox, so far into the pandemic?’ I reply that maybe the problem with the world is a lack of personal responsibility. The cop has a hat with a visor and cannot arrest me because I am eating the popcorn out of a plastic mesh basket, which is within the regulations. The cop is angry and keeps talking to me but is also confiding in me. I look up and see lights in the sky, sparkling purple and green, in rings that are like aeroplanes or alien spaceships. There is also a water fountain which is orange and green. The fountain pops out a single alien spore that drifts and falls on a windowsill. The building collapses due to the spore and there is a botanical explosion with alien plants all over the building, coloured green and tan and beige, unlike the colours of plants on earth. More spores drift from the fountain: fist-size, with a round bottom which is pale off-white, and with two leaves sprouted from the top, like a helicopter spore. I know that the spores can destroy everything and I feel a heavy dread that all will soon be gone.

 
In the discussion the dream sharer told of reading a lot on social media and online discussions about fears for the climate crisis and the collapse of civilization.
 
The pages that Julia used to paint on were chosen by her when she heard the dream on the basis of having a triangle of white which could be used for the perspective in the street scene. The dreamer and police officer are shown in the foreground, on the pavement/sidewalk; the woman of colour, with popcorn, and the arresting officer, are on the right; the street stretches into the distance; and the spores are at the top with the collapsing building at the top right.  
 
During the painting process Julia found words of Freud that were appropriate to the dream. These objet trouvé include the following:

In the middle of the painting, referring to the apocalypse, the words:
in danger
we
ignored these
 
In the police officer’s visor, the words:
attention in the
verbal expression
confronted
 
During the discussion the relationship of the cop and apocalypse to the current Cop-26 conference was noted and for this there are the words at the top of the right-hand page:
the number  
regarding this as a matter of course
we proceeded from this to
dream-content,
following up this clue

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<![CDATA[Dream of boy turning into a circling, dying black bird, told at the Swansea Science Festival, 24th October 2021]]>Mon, 25 Oct 2021 11:40:19 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-whirling-round-a-dying-black-bird-told-at-the-swansea-science-festival-24th-october-2021
In the dream I know I have a girlfriend who has a young daughter, but neither of them appear in the dream. Somehow I am responsible for the death of the daughter. It is not entirely clear if she is ‘fully’ dead, but it seems so and I am devastated. My girlfriend is only in her 20s, I feel somewhat sheepish about this in the dream and don’t want too many people to know as it kind of evokes the image of the wealthy, horny old man with a young attractive woman, but that’s only a minor unimportant point. What is important is that I love my girlfriend dearly and deeply and I am afraid of losing her, afraid that she will leave me, having caused her daughter’s death. I’m beginning to think about a way to bring her daughter back to life. At that point a boy approaches me. The boy is very timid, somehow deeply closed-in on himself, limp and heavy. He is kind of ‘dead’ already. I consider that he will make a good guinea-pig to try out the method of bringing my girlfriend’s daughter back to life.
I tie a long string around his neck, at which point the boy begins to turn into a bird. I pick up the other end of the string, which is a good few metres long, and start swinging it around me in a circle, with the boy, who is turning more and more into a bird, flying at the other end. I swing it high, so that he almost touches the green sun-dappled leaves and branches of nearby trees; I swing it low so that it almost skims the surface of a nearby pond or lake. Round and round through the air, not too slow, not too fast, keeping it circling. Perhaps I hope that the circling was kickstart his own circulation again, make his heart beat again, or that the swishing around will force air into his lungs and make him breathe again. I think of the words 'swing it high, swing it low, swing it fast, swing it slow'.
When I stop and examine the black bird on the ground he is now truly dead, already stiffening a little. From its dead eyes come a few puffs of smoke, dark and acrid, but also like the last bit of life escaping from him. I’m very sad. A Nepalese family (father, mother and two children) comes and tries to console me. I wake up with a deep sense of loss and failure.


During the discussion the dream-sharer related the dream to long-standing themes and recent events in his life.  
 
The painting is composed in a circle, with the boy who becomes a bird, being whirled around high and low.  During the painting process Julia found and highlighted the following words of Freud on the pages:

dead     I can’t stand the sight of it
the deceased
because he is not alive
Non vixit [Latin: he did not live]       and his eyes turn
vixit non vivit [Latin: he lived, he does not live]
His eyes become strange and weirdly unmistakeable      the terrible gaze

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<![CDATA[Covid-19 recovery dream of being pulled through a hole in a wall and away from cliffs: Event with author and poet Michael Rosen, Freud Museum London, 12th August 2021]]>Sat, 14 Aug 2021 14:59:18 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-being-pulled-away-from-cliffs-event-with-author-and-poet-michael-rosen-freud-museum-london-12th-august-2021
                 The film of the event can be seen here on our YouTube channel.
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<![CDATA[Dream of setting fire to previous home and then falling into swimming pool, told at workshop at 37th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, 15th June 2021]]>Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:52:21 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-setting-fire-to-previous-home-and-then-falling-into-swimming-pool-told-at-workshop-at-37th-annual-conference-of-the-international-association-for-the-study-of-dreams-15th-june-2021
A dream that depicts positive transitions in waking life.

I am at the home where I used to live, it is a 1970s light blue Mercedes people-carrier truck. I go up the wooden stairs into the truck. It has wooden walls, all the same as it was back then, when I lived there with my ex-partner and his daughter. My ex-partner and daughter are there but not clearly, but like light rather than shadows. I tidy the place up as I am going to transition there, I am excited about this. I am going to burn down the home, with me inside, and I tell them to go outside. I pour petrol all around and have a large yellow box of "Cook's matches", I am about to strike a match. I hesitate due to fear of it hurting me, but then think that it won’t hurt as it is a dream. Despite being apprehensive I strike the match and the flames get close to me, on my flesh. There is then a change of scene and I am next to an outside large blue swimming pool, it is very sunny with tropical foliage around. I walk along the side of the pool and around it. I am wearing a pink cotton dress, which I actually had when I was 16. I want to jump into the water but have to set up my camera so that I can document it, to show proof of it to my friends. But before I can get ready I fall backwards into the pool and drop down deeply in the water. I slip out of my body and see myself weightless under the blue water. I then suddenly wake up.
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<![CDATA[Dream of being alone outside at night and threatened, told at workshop for American Psychological Association (Division 39), 22nd May 2021]]>Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:49:54 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-being-alone-outside-at-night-and-threatened-22nd-may-2021
I am outside the house where I live. As in waking life, there is the row of houses, a board fence, street, and a row of pine and spruce trees. It is night-time, 2 to 3 am. There are no streetlights or shadows. I am on my own and walk along the fence, the usual walk I do with my dog but my dog isn’t with me. I see two Hispanic men, walking in the same direction as me. They are about 100 feet apart from each other but are together, the one in front is older. I can’t see their faces, they have non-descript brownish or tannish clothing. Their hands are in their pockets, both are looking at the ground and not paying attention to me. Suddenly they are both in front of me, one has his hand over my mouth and I know that I will be assaulted. I wake in panic.   

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As with all our events, Julia Lockheart chose the pages from Freud's book The Interpretation of Dreams to paint on while the dream was first being told. The choice of pages was on the basis of the shapes of the paragraphs and text. During the painting process Julia found words by Freud on the pages that were relevant to the dream, and she incorporated them as objet trouvé into the artwork:

I am walking in the street
 
the male    the hand    the female   by the mouth
 
imperatively forced upon
 
the symbol of a man
the dream of a young woman
her fear
 
This use of objet trouvé, a characteristic of dadaism and surrealism, is discussed in our forthcoming article in the International Journal of Dream Research.
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<![CDATA[Dream of a menacing man and fight at party, told during an event for foundation to counselling students, Goldsmiths, University of London, 25th March 2021]]>Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:52:41 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-a-menacing-man-and-fight-at-party-told-during-an-event-for-counselling-students-goldsmiths-university-of-london-25th-march-2021
Dream told by a foundation to counselling course student: I am with someone at a sombre party in a rather run-down Georgian-type house. Everyone is dressed formally, the house has wood-panelled walls. I meet a menacing man who I know, he has ruddy cheeks. A fight starts and I run down a corridor to get away. 
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<![CDATA[Dora's dream of travelling to her father's funeral, told to Freud at the end of 1900. Online event, 31st January 2021.]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2021 17:07:32 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/doras-dream-of-travelling-to-her-fathers-funeral-told-to-freud-at-the-end-of-1900-online-event-31st-january-2021
This is the second dream that Dora told Freud. It is a dream of independence, as well as of concern for her father.

Our panel of experts plus a worldwide audience participated in a discussion of the second dream that Dora told Freud, and watched a painting of the dream being made by Julia Lockheart. In the dream Dora is living away from her parents in a town and receives a letter to say that her father has died. She goes past woods to try to get to a railway station, and is then at the family home. While the funeral is happening Dora is in her room and reads a large encyclopaedia-like book.

In her free-associations she tells of a young man she knows who has gone to a German town to work, of instances where she has preferred to be on her own, and of her worries for her father’s health. The dream occurred just before Dora suddenly stopped seeing Freud, which might be relevant to the theme in the dream of an older man dying. The full text of the dream and Dora’s associations are below.
In the painting Julia chose two pages from The Interpretation of Dreams that allowed for the five scenes to be depicted. As usual, by chance words that Freud wrote are relevant and are incorporated into the artwork. For example, in the woods, ‘the strange man in the dream’,  ‘return home’, and ‘dead father’, and, above the stairs at the family home, ‘former household’.      
 
The second dream (Freud. 1905, Fragments of an analysis of a case of hysteria (‘Dora’), Pelican Freud Library, vol.8, pp.133-134): I was walking about in a town which I did not know. I saw streets and squares which were strange to me. Then I came into a house where I lived, went to my room, and found a letter from Mother lying there. She wrote saying that as I had left town without my parents' knowledge she had not wished to write to me to say that Father was ill. "Now he is dead and if you like you can come." I then went to the station and asked about a hundred times: "Where is the station?" I always got the answer: "Five minutes." I then saw a thick wood before me which I went into and there I asked a man whom I met. He said to me: "Two and a half hours more." He offered to accompany me. But I refused and went alone. I saw the station in front of me and could not reach it. At the same time I had the usual feeling of anxiety that one has in dreams when one cannot move forward. Then I was at home. I must have been travelling in the meantime, but I know nothing about that. I walked into the porter's lodge, and enquired for our flat. The maidservant opened the door to me and replied that Mother and the others were already at the cemetery.  
In the next session Dora made two additions: ‘I saw myself particularly distinctly going up the stairs,’ and ‘After she had answered I went to my room, but not the least sadly, and began reading a big book that lay on my writing-table.’ (footnote, p.134.) 
 
Dora’s associations were:
  • Strange town, streets, square and monument: At Christmas, a few days before, Dora had been sent an album of views of a German health-resort, including a square with a monument in it, and on the day before the dream had shown it to relatives. It was from a young engineer she knew who had gone there to work ‘so as to become sooner self-supporting’ (p.135), and who wrote often to her.
  • Wandering around a strange town: On the day before the dream she had, ‘with complete indifference’, shown a visiting young cousin around Vienna. This visit reminded her of her own first brief visit to Dresden, where she wandered alone, including to the picture gallery, and declined a male cousin’s offer to be her guide. At the gallery she remained two hours in front of a painting of the Madonna, ‘rapt in silent admiration.’
  • She had seen her father look tired and ill at a family gathering the previous evening and wondered how long he would live.
  • At the family gathering she had been impatient with her mother and had exclaimed that she had asked her ‘a hundred times’ for the key for the drinks sideboard, to get brandy to help her father to sleep.   
  • Letter: She had once written a suicide letter to her parents. The letter in the dream had the same phrase (‘if you like’) that was in a letter from Frau K. inviting the family to their house by the lake.
  • The thick wood and a man: The shore of the lake where she had had the scene with Herr K. had a wood like in the dream, and after the scene with Herr K. she had spoken to a man there for directions to walk home round the lake. He said it would take ‘Two and a half hours’ and so she went back by boat with Herr K. She had also seen a painting with a thick wood and nymphs at the gallery the day before.
  • Regarding arriving at her parent’s house where ‘she went calmly to her room, and began reading a big book that lay on her writing-table’ (p.140), she said that the book was ‘in encyclopaedia format,’ and she remembered that when a boy cousin of Dora’s had fallen dangerously ill with appendicitis, ‘Dora had thereupon looked up in the encyclopaedia to see what the symptoms of appendicitis were.’ (p.141.) She said that later, when her aunt who she was fond of had died, she had pain in her abdomen like the symptoms of appendicitis she had read about.
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<![CDATA[Dora's dream of being rescued from a burning house, told to Freud in late 1900. Swansea Science Festival event, 24th October 2020]]>Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:50:43 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/doras-dream-of-being-rescued-from-a-burning-house-told-to-freud-in-late-1900-swansea-science-festival-event-24th-october-2020
A house was on fire. My father was standing beside my bed and woke me up. I dressed quickly. Mother wanted to stop and save her jewel-case; but Father said “I refuse to let myself and my two children be burnt for the sake of your jewel-case.” We hurried downstairs, and as soon as I was outside I woke up.


The above dream first occurred in 1898, when Dora was 15 years old and she was propositioned by an older married man who was a friend of the family and with whose wife, Frau K., Dora's father was having an affair. The dream occurred on each of the four nights following the proposition. The man was anonymised as Herr K. by Freud in his 1905 case study on Dora. Freud stated that the meaning of the dream was: ‘This man is persecuting me, he wants to force his way into my room. My “jewel-case” is in danger….’  The dream seems to depict Dora’s wish that she would be rescued from the danger by her father.
Dora, the pseudonym used by Freud for the young woman, now known to be Ida Bauer, then had the dream again a few weeks after starting psychoanalysis with Freud, near the end of 1900. For more details, see our chapter https://psyarxiv.com/379kz/.
At the top left of the painting Julia has depicted the spa town of Merano, where Dora / Ida lived with her family and where the K. family also lived. As occurs in our DreamsID events, for painting on, Julia chooses pages from Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams with regard to the shapes of the paragraphs, but then during the painting finds words on the page that are often uncannily relevant to the dream. Note the words ‘female genitals’ appearing twice under the jewel-case, ‘boyish’ in Dora’s brother’s head, ‘17’, at the bottom left, her age at starting to see Freud, ‘was night  room in which dressing to go’, and, most eerie of all, ‘Fräulein K.’ in her mother’s head!
The aim of the Science Festival event was to look at the case study not in how it is often taken, as a criticism of Freud, but to emphasise solely the dream, Dora’s free-associations, and the historical events of Dora’s life, so as to honour her strength and life, and the poignant depiction by the dream of her life at that time. The words highlighted ‘deserves to be recorded in detail  dream’, at the top right-hand side, are therefore relevant, as although there is much in dispute in the case study, we are grateful that the dream was recorded by Freud after she discussed it with him.
The event at which this dream was discussed was part of the Swansea Science Festival and had a large number of attendees worldwide online, and panel members from London (Dany Nobus), Harvard Medical School (Deirdre Barrett), Vienna (Brigitte Holzinger and Zora Wessely), Swansea, and, from Germany, writer Katharina Adler, author of the novel Ida, and great-grand-daughter of Dora / Ida Bauer.

The film of the event can be seen on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/ilbPU_TGeVg.
The film of the dream being read by Dr Brigitte Holzinger at the Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, which was Freud's apartment and offices where Dora / Ida first told the dream to Freud, can be seen on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/kkMMeSo1ndk.        
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<![CDATA[Lockdown dream of walking alone, avoiding natural danger, then waltzing with friends, 4th July 2020]]>Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:14:11 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/lockdown-dream-of-walking-alone-avoiding-natural-danger-then-waltzing-with-friends-4th-july-2020
I am walking alone in the country, trying to get to a village. I am wearing a red skirt and red jacket. The short route to the village isn't possible as the sea is coming over the path. The longer route is difficult, and involves climbing and takes energy. I go across a thin rope-and-wood bridge, and ignore the advice of a group of people who I don't know to take the dangerous short route. I am alone and look at the remote village.
I am then at my destination, in a big hall, the sort of venue a wedding would be held in. My friend P is there, she is wearing a thin black dress and tells me her favourite music is the waltz. She tells me my friends are going to be there and a crowd of people start dancing to a waltz.

In the discussion the dreamer spoke of her life as an artist under Lockdown, how she cannot go to her art studio, that she has had to put off a trip to see a friend in Paris, and that her plans with P for buying a house in France have been put on hold, that hoped-for house would be a place for music.
In the discussion we and the online participants remarked on how the dream has two halves, one of being alone, even with a bridge for one person at a time crossing, and one of being with friends, dancing.

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<![CDATA[Dream of finding baby in Victorian pram, and finding mother has died in baby car seat. Dream shared, discussed and painted as online event for the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, 27th June 2020]]>Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:01:24 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-finding-baby-in-victorian-pram-and-finding-mother-has-died-in-baby-car-seat-dream-shared-discussed-and-painted-as-online-event-for-the-centre-for-counselling-and-psychotherapy-education-london-27th-june-2020
Dream told at event organised by the Dream Research Institute at the Center for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London.
I look out of my bedroom window on a sunny day and see traffic on the road outside. It is a busy road with shops opposite and a post office on the corner, with a red post box. I go outside and cross the road to see a Victorian pram with a lacy white sunroof and a white frilly quilt. It is blocking the pavement, and not parked safely. There is a baby girl in the pram, dressed in a pink dress. She appears well looked after, but I think ‘where is her mother?’ I then see my mother in a baby car seat, in the road, it has a sunroof and my mother is small, the right size for the child seat. She is dressed in her everyday clothes with a blue cloth, like a dusting cloth, over her face. She is not moving and I think she is asleep. I know it is dangerous for her and the car seat to be in the road.
I am then at a man’s house, in his wealthy farmhouse-type kitchen. It has lots of wood, and an oak table, with pots and pans hanging and horseshoes on the wall, and a coffee table. He is my intended partner, my love, but his ex-wife is there as well. I am having a friendly discussion with her, she is lovely, and I get on well with her and feel love for her. I ask my intended partner, ‘are you sure you want to leave her?’, and he nods yes, indicating that there is something wrong with her, or not right between them, and that he is no longer with her.
I then go back to my house. In the road there is the child’s car seat, which has been pushed into the gutter. I can’t see fully inside it because of the sunroof but I can see my mother’s tan coloured skirt and brown top, she still has the blue cloth over her face. I have been waiting all day for her to wake up but now realise that she has died. I then hear the baby crying. I know that my mother is the baby’s mother. I pick up the baby to look after her, all the while having a sinking grief feeling about my mother having died. But the baby is giggling, she is happy to see me, and so I take her into my house. She tries to feed on my right breast but I have no milk. My 12-year-old daughter is there and she asks if the baby is ours. I am smiling and thinking that, as the baby has no mother, we can keep her.
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<![CDATA[Lockdown dream of parental home, a playful golden monkey, and painting on a black remote control box. Dream told, discussed and painted online, in event organised by the Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, 19th June 2020.]]>Fri, 19 Jun 2020 19:19:27 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/lockdown-dream-of-parental-home-a-playful-golden-monkey-and-painting-on-a-black-remote-control-box
Dream of an art and design student who had chosen at the start of the Covid-19 Lockdown not to go back to her home, where her parents live, but instead to go to live with her boyfriend and his parents.
 
I was walking down the short garden path to the back door of my home, where I lived all my life before university and where my parents live. I went in through the back door but know that it is a female teacher's house, I am unsure who she is, and I knew I should not be there. It looked exactly the same as my family home; a fairly small house in a village in the country. As I walked through the hall to the front of the house, I noticed a very small monkey, about 2 or 3 inches in height following me. It was gold or some kind of metal, but it moved as a live monkey would. I remember feeling worried about it, like it was going to alert the homeowner or attack me, but soon I found out that it was not a threat and that it just wanted to be around me. It was quite playful really. I went to the mantelpiece in my kitchen and the monkey followed me. It opened its mouth and hinged its whole face back. Then I had a paint brush. I dipped it into the monkey’s mouth, its head had golden orange paint inside, and I started to paint small gold details onto a black remote control rectangular box that was on the mantelpiece. Then the female teacher’s husband pulled up in an old car in front of the house. I quickly ran away through the house, as I thought he might hurt me or take me to the police, and I went out of the back door. Then I woke up.

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<![CDATA[Dream of a robin scratching away Covid-19 from around the lungs, 30th May 2020]]>Sun, 31 May 2020 14:05:41 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-a-robin-scratching-away-covid-19-from-around-the-lungs-30th-may-2020
This was a very life-affirming dream. In it the dreamer was watching a robin inside a person, possibly inside the dreamer. The robin was scratching and picking with its beak and feet at black, tar-like Covid-19, all around the lungs. The robin was working to move the black Covid to a pile, so as to remove it. The robin was also looking for small worms to feed to itself. The lungs and heart could be seen as the skin was letting through some light.
The painting and discussion took about 1h45m and we discussed how in waking life at the moment, in gardens or on walks, we, including the dreamer, often see robins and they are very friendly to humans. In the dream the robin was healing the person.
The dream-sharer lives in Scotland and was waiting to go back to teaching in a school, her husband and daughter are both key workers.
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<![CDATA[Dream of walking onto beach, finding new home in cliffs, then crowds arrive, 23rd May 2020]]>Mon, 25 May 2020 18:47:37 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-walking-onto-beach-finding-new-home-in-cliffs-then-crowds-arrive-23rd-may-2020
Dream of Tom, a doctor who has been speedily graduated so as to start work on the wards. 
In the dream Tom was walking with his partner through a forest of olive trees, which led to a sunny and sandy beach. Above the cliffs at the edge of the beach was a castle, round like the chess piece. They were looking for a place to live and were told that in the cliffs there was a comfortable cave in which to live, with a TV, purple bedding on the double bed, and paintings on the wall. They lived with a young boy in this lovely environment, but the beach started to become full of holidaymakers, with some sunbathing. Security guards in yellow high vis jackets arrived, and the beach was losing all the charm it had when Tom, his partner and the boy were there alone.
In the on-line dream-sharing event we and Tom discussed the theme in the dream of becoming more responsible, which we and Tom related to his real-life sudden taking on of responsibilities. 

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<![CDATA[Dream of looking out of a blue and green abalone, a paua shell, and seeing the ocean and a friendly, brown, playful seal pup, 17th May 2020]]>Mon, 25 May 2020 18:26:26 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-looking-out-of-a-blue-and-green-abalone-a-paua-shell-and-seeing-the-ocean-and-a-friendly-brown-playful-sea-pup-16th-may-2020
The online dream-sharer here was working at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia, but in work that is not directly related to Covid-19. She is originally from New Zealand. Her dream was of slowly moving in darkness, realising that she is in a paua shell, a blue and green abalone shell, and then looking out of the side of the shell and seeing the ocean, some land in the distance, a then a playful, loving, brown seal pup. This was a very positive and joyful dream.
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<![CDATA[Keyworker delivery driver dream, 2nd May 2020]]>Sun, 03 May 2020 10:29:12 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/keyworker-delivery-driver-dream-2nd-may-2020
Dream of US keyworker delivery driver Mason told online for one of our Covid Lockdown dream events. In waking life Mason was relocating across the US. Dream: 'I am trying to drive up the incline from a suburban house garage but the gears keep crashing and so I can't move into the road to join the traffic there. I release the clutch but find the car is not in gear and it moves backwards and stops. I get out to check that it did not hit the white garage door and am surprised to see that it has damaged the door badly. I get back in the car and see a man and a woman in an old white car looking at me almost with disgust. I feel embarrassed as I was not being able to drive the car, even though I should be able to do so and as it is my job to drive. The car was a brown Mazda Miata, which is not a car I drive in waking life and is a color I would not choose.'       
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<![CDATA[Doctor's dream of working in office peeling quails' eggs for Covid treatment, 18th April 2020]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:34:12 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/doctors-dream-of-working-in-office-peeling-quails-eggs-for-covid-treatment
I am sitting at my desk in the hospital at work with blue medical gloves on. I have a purple woollen furry blanket from home on my lap. I am peeling quails’ eggs which are to be used to treat Covid patients. The phone rings and I am being asked lots of questions about the eggs as they are needed for patients. More eggs are being heated in a white medical bath, but they are soft and egg yolk spills when I try to crack them open. I push my red glasses up with my wrists. The phone starts ringing again but I can’t answer it as I am covered in yolk and bits of shell.
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<![CDATA[Covid-19 related dream of a present of an activity pack, with Funeral Preparation Kit]]>Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:29:56 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/second-covid-19-related-dream
I leave a room by revolving so as to get past a strap on the doorway. I go down a corridor to see my wife. She is in the next room and has a present for me on the table, a box about 30x60cm, and about 5cm thick with a clear plastic top. It has various novelties and small activities in it. In the middle is a table tennis set with green bats. On one side in the box there is an old black mobile phone, with a few other small components, and the words Funeral Preparation Kit. The kit is partly a joke rather than being serious.
[On the day before the dream the dreamer had heard of an acquaintance who had died in hospital, possibly with Covid-19.]    
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<![CDATA[Dream of nurse in Covid-19 quarantine]]>Sun, 05 Apr 2020 12:00:22 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-nurse-in-covid-19-quarantine
National Health Service nurse Libby Nolan, who is currently under quarantine with the virus and having breathing problems, shared online a nightmare she has been having. Her nightmare, had twice during her confinement, repeated but changed a nightmare she has had before. In this, she was looking through the open door of a house and could see strange trees with strange leaves and knew it was very dangerous outside and the danger would soon come into the house. She couldn't close the door as it was so large. Inside, she goes upstairs and to a large hall. A party was happening and everyone ignored her warnings and didn't look at her. She then saw a man with red trousers who is a composite of all past loves for her, he looked at her and knew what she was warning about, but with a smile looked at her to say without words that all was actually fine and that she should not worry. She went into a side room, which is a hospital room with a dead man on the bed and an old ventilator. Her deceased mother is there with a cat on her lap. The cat jumps onto Libby and onto her mouth and stops her breathing. Libby then woke up.
We are grateful to Libby for her dream, for sharing and discussing it, and for the work she has been doing and will return to for the health service. We thank also everyone worldwide who took part in the event, on Facebook Live. 
The painting is made onto two pages taken from Freud's book The Interpretation of Dreams. Online here the viewer can enlarge the painting when looking at it, so as to see details made during the two hours that the discussion and painting took place. For example, the stairs, the trees, the man at the party with his glass of red wine. The pages were chosen by Julia when she was first hearing the dream, on the basis of the shapes of the paragraphs found in Freud's book, but during the painting process she incorporates words that happen to be on the page. Some of these do have coincidental but eerie references to Libby's dream. Such as, in the trees, in reference to Libby only being acknowledged in the dream by the one man, red-trousered, who is based on her current and former loves: 'My beloved is mine, turn again to me my beloved..', and reference to her quarantine, 'sweet dove, already you are enclosed in my cavern', and on the left page (i.e, bottom half of painting) there are many medical references.

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<![CDATA[Artwork with dream from November 2019 event at the Glynn Vivian art gallery]]>Sat, 21 Mar 2020 12:48:54 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/artwork-with-dream-from-event-at-glynn-vivian-art-gallery]]><![CDATA[Artwork with dream from the Swansea Science Festival event, October 2019]]>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 12:13:25 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/artwork-with-dream-from-the-swansea-science-festival-event]]><![CDATA[Goldsmiths, University of London, event for Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling course members, 19th February 2020]]>Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:57:42 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/goldsmiths-university-of-london-event-for-humanistic-and-psychodynamic-counselling-course-members-19th-february-2020Dream told at event for counselling course students. Dream of escaping a tidal wave by going to a five storey building, sitting on a bed with female friend, and feeling very guilty about hitting a goat. 
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