<![CDATA[DreamsID.com - Gallery of dreams and artworks]]>Tue, 25 Jun 2024 01:24:35 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Dream of André Breton, including a flying urinal, discussed and painted as part of the symposium 'Surrealism and Dreams, Film, Poetry and Art', at the 41st conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Rolduc, The Netherlands]]>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 14:39:16 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-andre-breton-from-1924-including-a-flying-urinal-painted-as-part-of-dreams-and-the-arts-symposium-surrealism-and-dreams-film-poetry-and-art-at-the-41st-conference-of-the-international-association-for-the-study-of-dreams-rolduc-the-nether
Whereas we usually discuss and paint a dream that is told to us live by the dreamer, here we took a dream of André Breton, the founder of Surrealism, published in 1924, as part of a symposium commemorating the centenary of the creation of Surrealism and the publication of The Manifesto of Surrealism.

'I arrive at Paris and descend the staircase of a train station very like the Gare de l'Est. I experience an urge to urinate, and get ready to cross the square, on the other side of which I know I'll be able to relieve myself, when a few steps away on the same platform I discern a urinal of small dimensions, in a new and very elegant model. I am no sooner there than I ascertain the mobility of this urinal and become aware, as I am not alone there, of the inconvenience resulting from this mobility. After all it is a vehicle like any other, and I decide to remain on the platform. From that place I observe the disquieting manoeuvers, not far from us, of a second "flying-urinal" similar to ours. Failing to draw the attention of my fellow travellers to the disordered movement and the consequent risk to pedestrians, I step down and succeed in persuading the the imprudent conductor to give up his seat and follow me. He is a man under thirty who, on being questioned, proved quite evasive. He lets on that he is a military doctor in possession of a driving license. Being a stranger to the city where we are, he makes it known that he comes "from the back country" [de la brousse] with no other details. I try to convince him that although he is a doctor that he may be sick, but he enumerates the symptoms of my illnesses, starting with the different fevers. He shows none of these symptoms, which anyway belong to the simplest clinical category. He concludes his explanation with these words: "At worst I have general paresis" [the most malignant form of syphilis]. The examination of his reflexes that I at once undertake, is not conclusive (normal patellar ligament, feeble Achilles ligament, called tendinous in the dream). I forgot to say that we have stopped at the threshold of a white house and that my interlocutor constantly goes up and down a flight of steps one story high. Following my examination I try vainly to learn how he spent his time "in the back country." While making a new ascent of the steps he finally recalled that he had put together a collection there. I insist on knowing the contents of the collection. "A collection of five shrimps" [he says]. He descends the steps again: "I swear to you, dear friend, that I am very hungry," and so saying he opens a straw valise I had not noticed before. He profits from the occasion to let me admire his collection, made up of five shrimps of very different size and looking like a fossil (the hardened carapace is empty and absolutely transparent). But innumerable intact carapaces fall to the ground when he raises the upper part of the valise. He answers my astonishment, "No, there are only five—those over there." From the bottom of the valise he takes out a roasted back of rabbit, and with nothing but his hands he sets about eating by scraping with his nails on its vertebral column. The flesh is distributed in long filaments like that of rays [fish] and seems to have a pasty consistency. I can hardly stand this disgusting spectacle. After a rather long silence my companion says to me: "You will always recognize criminals by their immense jewels. Remember that there is no death, only reversible directions [or senses]." '

Dream reprinted from Spector, J.J. (1989). André Breton and the Politics of Dream: Surrealism in Paris, ca. 1918–1924. American Imago, 46, No. 4 (Winter 1989), pp. 287-317. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26303837. Dream originally published in the first issue of La Révolution surréaliste, December 1924. 

<![CDATA[Dream of seeing a river of brown boars becoming one boar, and then being in my childhood garden with my cat, told at the 41st conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Rolduc, The Netherlands, 9th June 2024]]>Fri, 21 Jun 2024 14:35:12 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-river-of-brown-boars-becoming-one-boar-and-then-in-my-childhood-garden-with-my-cat-told-at-41st-conference-of-the-international-association-for-the-study-of-dreams-rolduc-the-netherlands-9th-june-2024]]><![CDATA[Dream of using many keys in an old house, finding objects from earlier in life in boxes, and a friend saying I and the objects are 'free to go'. Told at Noah's Yard, Swansea, event funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, 17th January 2024]]>Thu, 18 Jan 2024 15:04:07 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-using-many-keys-in-an-old-house-finding-items-from-earlier-in-life-in-boxes-and-a-friend-saying-you-are-free-to-go-told-at-noahs-yard-swansea-event-organised-by-university-of-wales-trinity-saint-david-and-the-royal-institute-of-philosoph
I am outside an old house, I don't know where it is. It looks like a hotel, very posh, with gold light coming from the windows. I peer through a window and see a large room with old furniture. I knock on the door as I want to use the toilet, but there is no answer. I go in and look around what is a large reception room, there is no bathroom to use, it is empty but with wooden, very ornamental furniture. It is not really creepy but is instead inviting, drawing me in with curiosity. I find a keyhole in a furniture drawer and look for the key, and then find more keyholes and more keys. There are twenty to thirty keyholes and I unlock them in turn like a combination lock. The keys are all metal and of different shapes and sizes. I enjoy this and feel like I am piecing together a puzzle. From this dark, brown room with wooden floors and wooden furniture I go into a room that has concrete walls and is undecorated and not well lit. Having unlocked the locks seems to have allowed me into this room. The only furniture in this room is tables, on which are cardboard boxes. In the boxes there are objects that I know had been mine many years ago, including tools and a pottery vase and other pottery items. I had not seen them for years. I then see a friend who says 'congratulations, you and your things are free to go'. I leave, but without the objects, and have a feeling of relief.

Julia chose pages to paint on with a large indented paragraph on the left-hand side, so as to depict the house seen from the outside, and three indented sentences on the right-hand side which had shapes like keys. In reference to the vase and other pottery items, Julia highlighted 'and hollow containers', and, as the objects were from earlier in life, Julia highlighted 'told the story of the forgotten' and 'reminiscence of a scene in my childhood'. Regarding the undecorated concrete room, Julia highlighted 'enclosed in my cavern', and, in reference to the friend, 'dreams, expressed a friend'.         

In the discussion the dreamer told of liking physical or mechanical puzzles, and of recently having evaluative thoughts about past friendships. 

This Dream Salon was organised by University of Wales Trinity Saint David as part of the Philosophy Conversations series of online and face-to-face public engagements, funded by and in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.     
<![CDATA[Dream of flying back to home country and seeing grandfather and grandmother on the plane. Told at the Dream Research Institute, in the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, 15th July 2023]]>Sun, 16 Jul 2023 22:07:03 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-flying-back-to-home-country-and-seeing-grandfather-and-grandmother-on-the-plane-told-at-the-dream-research-institute-in-the-centre-for-counselling-and-psychotherapy-education-london-15th-july-2023
I come out of the toilet on a private jet, having washed my hands. I walk on the red carpet down the plane and look out of a small window. Below is my home country, Latvia, it is Autumn, and I see green trees, brown trees, some dead trees, and possibly some water or a lake, but there are no houses. The plane is travelling from the UK to Latvia, it is flying low and I know it will be landing in about 20 minutes. I am aware of the presence of the pilot and a stewardess, although I don't see them, and I know I am in good hands. I sit down at a pink sofa, sitting opposite my grandfather. I am surprised as he looks as he did in his 30s, with black hair, black t-shirt and smart black jacket. He looks at me very lovingly, I feel warmth between us and I ask 'Why are you here?' Behind him I see my grandmother, standing and being busy, she looks as she did when younger; she is mature and protecting and reassuring. She is wearing a brown skirt and grey top. I don't want to focus on my grandmother and so go back to my grandfather. Without actually speaking I ask him 'Why are you here? Why now?' I know he is there to support and protect and guide me. 

We discussed the relationship of the dream to the dreamer’s intention to soon return from living in the UK to her home country, Latvia, where she was brought up by her grandparents.

Below is a photograph of Julia describing and discussing the painting of the dream. In reference to the dreamer's grandfather and grandmother, Julia highlighted in the painting the words 'relation' and 'the two relations'. We were very glad to have this event at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, which is the largest training centre for transpersonal psychotherapy in Europe.         
<![CDATA[Dream of a woman and a child, and an anaconda lying comfortably on my bed. Told at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, 2nd July 2023]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2023 17:06:16 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-a-mother-and-a-child-and-a-salamander-lying-comfortably-on-my-bed-told-at-cabaret-voltaire-zurich-2nd-july-2023
I am a guest at a summer house with a group of people. In the dream they are my friends, but at the same time I don't know any of them. The dream occurs in two scenes. The first in the living room, where all the people are together and prepare to pack and leave to their homes, but I have forgotten to pack. The second scene takes part in a bedroom. Everybody leaves and I am in the room with a woman and a child. The child is about three years old, the woman might be her mother. I am with the woman and young girl in the bedroom, playing with the young girl. Suddenly, a very large anaconda comes through the brightly lit door into the bedroom. It is striped with brown and green and beige. It looks at me with its long eyelashes revealing the face of a female snake. “She” moves to the bed, where she then lies comfortably, in a spiral. At first, I was surprised, then fearful, thinking it might attack the child, and finally I am calm.

During the discussion of the dream Julia highlighted the words: 'You were born Latin', and 'in Latin my own course', referring to the dreamer saying during the discussion that she was from Latin America and is in the middle of important changes; 'postponement', in reference to the delay in leaving; ‘In my dream I make fun’, in reference to playing with the young girl; 'powerful', referring to the anaconda; and 'female - child – the child - I know will be attacked - was very young', in reference to the fears for the child's safety.

We were very honoured to hold this Dream Salon at Cabaret Voltaire, which was the birthplace of Dadaism in 1916. In that year artists, poets and other literary creatives came to Zurich and to the Cabaret Voltaire to escape from the war. Dadaism then spread to other countries, and led to Surrealism, with the first Manifesto of Surrealism being written in 1924. Our Dream Salon took place in the historical hall of Cabaret Voltaire, where performances such as of Hugo Ball had taken place in 1916, details are herePhoto below is of Julia describing the finished painting and the painting process to the audience, other photos are of the Cabaret building and setting up the dream salon. An article about Hugo Ball, founder of the Dada movement, can be read in The Collector Magazine here. A 1967 short documentary by Greta Deses, presented at the Cannes Film Festival, and with contributions from Max Ernst, Gabrièle Buffet, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Richter and Man Ray, and with a reconstruction of a performance at the Cabaret, can be seen here
<![CDATA[Dream of feeding cake to a young man in a room with five small beds and one large bed. Told at a conference at the CG Jung Institute, Zurich, held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Institute's founding, 30th June 2023]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2023 12:52:48 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-feeding-cake-to-a-young-man-in-a-room-with-five-small-beds-and-one-large-bed-told-at-a-conference-at-the-carl-g-jung-institute-zurich-held-to-commemorate-the-75th-anniversary-of-the-institutes-founding-30th-june-2023
A woman's dream: I am in a large bedroom, which looks like an open plan apartment, with my large untidy bed and five smaller beds. There are five young men in the room, all wearing trousers but no shirts; smooth-chested and with bare, white torsos, like Greek statues. I am sitting next to one of them. I can feel our legs touching. I feed him a piece of carrot cake with a shiny chocolate topping, telling him to 'pay attention' to the topping, and to eat it while it is still warm. I think his lips look like the lips of a man I know and I have to check who this boy really is. Another young man arrives and tells me he is at medical school. He seems to be much more mature than the other boys. He stands up and says that he will go grocery shopping for me. I look at my bed and think I should tidy it up, so I go and do it.

Julia chose pages so that there was one large paragraph on the left-hand side, for the large bedroom scene, and a small paragraph on the bottom of the right-hand side, for the lips. She highlighted the words 'Eighteen years was the age', and 'the young man' and 'a young fellow', and 'youthfully', in reference to the young men.   

(Details of the anniversary conference are here.)
<![CDATA[Dream of a competition to solve four puzzles. Told at the 40th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Ashland, Oregon, 19th June 2023]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2023 14:52:07 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-a-competition-to-solve-four-puzzles-told-at-the-40th-annual-conference-of-the-international-association-for-the-study-of-dreams-ashland-oregon-19th-june-2023
I am at a puzzle competition. My ex-husband is there as well, trying to solve the puzzles. I am excited as I want to win and am good at puzzles. The first one is a very large jigsaw with large but flimsy pieces. Many people are doing this, indoors on a carpet, but I am dismissive of it as it looks like a children’s puzzle. I also see an art game with blue, yellow and white shapes on a canvas, and, outside, an action game, like dungeons and dragons, with actors playing it. I don’t want to do these and instead try a fourth puzzle, placing scrawny, long weeds, with daisy flowers, on the middle of three concrete steps that are outside. I also place many of the flower heads on the bottom step, following a pattern I have for them. The environment is concrete, like a campus. I am very happy to focus on arranging the flowers rather than doing the other three puzzles, which my ex-husband is working on.      

In the discussion the dreamer related the theme of the dream to her work in a high-pressured role that involves much collaborative problem-solving, and to seeing some small flowers growing when told of the death of a person close to her. Julia chose pages from Freud's book that have four paragraphs, so as to match the four puzzles in the dream. At the top of the right hand page was found the words and phrase 'all the problems discovered in the dream remain unsolved', and, below it, 'call for a long examination', and, on the left page, 'reconciliation with a friend' and, in two places, the number 4. 
<![CDATA[Blind BBC journalist's dream of being back at school, with knowledge of the future but without the ability to contact the future. Told at the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, 21st March 2023]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2023 18:00:00 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/blind-journalists-dream-of-being-back-at-school-with-knowledge-of-the-future-but-without-the-ability-to-contact-the-future-told-at-the-glynn-vivian-gallery-swansea-21st-march-2023
We were interviewed by BBC journalist Neil Prior about our book and our work, and he then told us a recent dream, which Julia painted. The article is here. The following is Neil's dream. 
I am now 44, but in my dream I am 14 or 15 and transported back to my boarding school for blind and visually impaired students in Worcester. There is a fountain on the grass at the front of the school. I am carrying a large braille typewriter. As it is 30 years hence, I am utterly confused as to what lessons I should be attending and where my files and textbooks are. Nevertheless I possess a superpower: I know everything that will happen in the next 30 years. To laughter, I try to explain to my classmates that by 2023 their mobile phones will be several times more powerful than our entire school network. I know who will win that year's FA Cup final, who will win the general election and which horse will succeed in the Grand National. I am desperately trying to put bets on with a bookie or call my partner Sarah, who I did not meet until 2013. However, everything on which I try to make a phone call is anything but a mobile - a pocket calculator, a TV remote control (which has a red, a yellow and a green button at the top) … nothing can connect me to the present day.

In the discussion Neil told us that he sometimes has dreams of being younger, set at a time when he still had his sight. 
For the painting Julia chose a page (page 341) because it has a separate footnote at the bottom, which was suitable on which to paint the TV remote control. During the discussion she highlighted on the painting the words 'I was working principally on my own', which refers to Neil's difference from the other students who did not have Neil's knowledge in the dream. 
<![CDATA[Dream of being in a car that is out of control on a rural road, with my dogs and grandchildren in the car. Told at the National Health Service Heads of Patient Experience Storytelling Conference, 3rd March 2023]]>Fri, 03 Mar 2023 14:41:12 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-car-out-of-control-on-rural-road-with-my-dogs-and-grandchildren-in-the-car-told-at-the-national-health-service-heads-of-patient-experience-storytelling-conference-3rd-march-2023
It’s daytime and I am driving a car through a rural setting. There are green hills on both sides and green mountains in the distance. The car is travelling at speed, but there’s no noise. I have my two dogs in the car, one is a golden retriever and one is black, but they are different sizes than in waking life, each dog is the size that the other dog is in waking life. The dogs are in the back of the car and my two grandchildren are strapped into their seats in the middle of the car, they are much younger than in waking life. On the winding road the car becomes out of control, I feel paralysed, my legs won’t move to the brakes, and I am pushed back in my seat and so I do not hold the steering wheel. There is a sharp bend and the car veers off the road. It goes through a hedge and then stops, but there is no crash. Throughout the dream in the car I am calm about the situation, not at all panicking, but I am also watching myself in the car and while watching I am very frightened.
<![CDATA[Dream of ghostly children and tidying a chaotic house, told at the Surrealisms 2022 online conference, 19th November 2022]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:06:41 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-ghostly-children-and-tidying-a-chaotic-house-told-at-the-surrealisms-2022-online-conference-19th-november-2022
I am tidying a chaotic house that has been left very messy by the previous owners. They have also left children's toys, which I put in a rucksack. I have two children in the dream. Inside the house is brown and is uncomfortable. My two dogs kill a young chicken in the back yard of the house, the neighbours are unhappy that the dogs are in the yard. Ghostly children arrive at the house and I offer bedrooms for them, but they do not want to stay in the rooms as they may be haunted. At the front of the house is a canal, with a boat on it. I go for a walk but the town is manky and there are dangerous people around. I go back to the house and sterilise it, although neighbours have access to it I have managed to make it a nice place. I go onto the roof and see a dead black bird. I also see in the distance from a window a castle on snowy mountains, floating on wintery clouds. With the tidying I have created order out of chaos.    
<![CDATA[Dream of fighting off an attacker at friend's apartment and then in the street, told at 39th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Tucson, Arizona, 18th July 2022.]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2022 00:57:34 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-being-attacked-at-friends-apartment-and-then-in-the-street-told-at-39th-annual-conference-of-the-international-association-for-the-study-of-dreams-tucson-arizona-18th-july-2022
I am at a friend’s apartment and we are planning to maybe go out to eat. Suddenly a man bursts in and threatens us. He is in his 30s or 40s, mean, with close shaved hair. My friend is scared and stands back, but I am forceful and start to push him around and am punching him, we are all over the place. I phone the police and say there’s a man in our place who wants to kill us. I then pull a necklace off his neck. It has on it a small round religious talisman, from a church. I hold the necklace in my hand and see a note attached which says “I had fun, I had a good time.” The man leaves but threatens to come back. I am mad at him but also very worried. Later, in the evening, I go out for dinner with my friend. There are lots of people in the streets. I see the man again, with his friends, and am mad at him. I start kicking him and he grabs my foot. I want to talk to his friends to find out what his name is, because the police said I can only complain if I have his name. His friends walk away. I get my foot back and I want to run after his friends, but I wake up from the nightmare, thinking at least I kept standing up to him.


For the first time we had the painting and text of the dream printed onto a t-shirt, for the dreamer to wear. Photos below are of Julia showing the t-shirt.
<![CDATA[Dream of seeing tigers outside the kitchen window and calling children to see them, told at National Health Service Patient Experience Network story for health event, 11th July 2022.]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2022 14:24:50 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-seeing-tigers-outside-the-kitchen-window-and-calling-children-to-see-them-told-at-national-health-service-patient-experience-network-story-for-health-event-11th-july-2022
I am looking out of my kitchen window and see a marine emerge from a stream in the garden. He looks annoyed that I have seen him. I then see a group of tigers, some together, some alone, walking past. I call my children to see them, but we realise that they are people. They are going to the beach with inflatables and clothes that make them look like tigers.    
<![CDATA[Dream of being on three planets, each based on human characteristics, told at National Health Service Arts on Prescription event, at Galerie Simpson, Swansea, 9th July 2022.]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2022 14:13:23 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-being-on-three-planets-each-based-on-human-characteristics-told-at-national-health-service-arts-on-prescription-event-at-galerie-simpson-swansea-9th-july-2022
I am on a planet with a savannah-type surface. It has features based on my body: a valley, like a cut I have from shaving; a forest, resembling my hair; and a pool, like an eye. I am with a woman who has black hair. We are then on a darker planet that is based on her. Next, we are on a third planet, which combines the other two planets. It has green rolling hills, like the British countryside. Each planet has small blobby creatures on it, some with legs.
<![CDATA[Dream of looking in a mirror and two teeth falling out, told at the Everyday Creativity Conference, University of Brighton, 13th June 2022.]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2022 10:16:34 GMThttp://dreamsid.com/gallery-of-dreams-and-artworks/dream-of-looking-in-a-mirror-and-two-teeth-falling-out-told-at-the-everyday-creativity-conference-university-of-brighton-13th-june-2022
I am in the bathroom of my family home in India, looking at myself in the large mirror. Two of my teeth, one is an implant, start to shake and then fall out. The blood stains the blue dress that I am wearing. I panic and the room starts to have a tinge of black and red. I tell myself that it is just a dream, and close my eyes and spin, but I can’t wake up. I am then in the bathroom of where I live in the UK, it has a white shower curtain with blue houses on. I look in the small bathroom mirror. I realise that it is not a dream. I am in pain and try to phone the hospital for a dentist, but realise that I cannot get one. 
In the discussion the dream-sharer told us how this dream, or nightmare, occurs when she is stressed, and that it refers to a childhood accident. 
Julia chose the page for painting on as it had two equal-sized paragraphs and a white space between them, which she used to depict the mirror and the real and reflected spaces either side of it.  
There are found words or phrases on the painting.  
In reference to the shaking of the teeth as they fall out: 
owing to the slackening 
And, in reference to the whole dream: 
allowed to speak  
undesired condition          
On the right-hand side of the mirror the index finger wiggling the tooth:
now come
And the following emergent found poetry.
On the left-hand side of the mirror the index finger wiggling the tooth and down the arm:
which is otherwise
violent resistance,
From which Julia created the poem about losing the teeth:       
Now come!
Evoke the surface freely,
which is otherwise
violent resistance.
And above the head, in the shower curtain, on the right-hand side of the mirror:
the state of
‘desired’ ones.
From which Julia create the Haiku about the lost teeth:       
The undesired
retain the state of being
the ‘desired’ ones.
<![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.
<![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
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:
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.

<![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. 

A film of the discussion and painting process can be seen here.   

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:

with me
<![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:
and on her body:
‘a girl’

<![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
ignored these
In the police officer’s visor, the words:
attention in the
verbal expression
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
following up this clue

<![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

<![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.
<![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.
<![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.   


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.
<![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. 
<![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.