If we didn’t become separated from dreams,
we wouldn’t need associations to understand words.

Arnold Mindell
 
 
Although we often forget about it, every day we wake up from the land of dreams to the real world. Often, the only thing we remember is a sequence of volatile images. There is an immense difference between the pleasure of sinking into sleep and understanding this state. The language of sleep has its own alphabet, and expressing it verbally deprives this experience of its proper depth. Only dreamers have the temporary ability to speak it, which is gradually lost as the number of stimuli from reality increases. Whatever is left in the morning seems impossible to translate.

Enter the oneiric landscape that will allow you to daydream. Let yourself be carried away by intuition and express the inexpressible using symbolic elements.

The interactive exhibition titled Dreamagining is a space that invites you to enter the creative process and visualise your inner dream, which is constantly in us – even when we are not aware of it. According to Arnold Mindell’s concept of Dreaming, reality is not different from the world of dreams, and we are constantly immersed in the latter. The essence of Dreaming manifests itself at the level of subtle feelings and impressions that we normally marginalise. Being too preoccupied with “realness”, we overlook what is really important to us. Sleep provides us with these experiences in the form of seemingly incomprehensible abstract visions. They may express the anxieties accumulated during the day, the synthesis of thoughts, as well as new ideas and powerful insights.

The space of the exhibition has been designed as a tool of “conscious Dreaming” where tensions accumulating in the mind and body can be expressed through surreal collages. Located outside of reality, this place draws on the power of symbols and the ambiguity of language, which are the building blocks of the narrative of dreams. Using the poetics of sleep enables us to enjoy the installation with a sense of emotional and behavioural freedom while giving free rein to intuition and imagination. Interpretation of the dreams can be found in a guidebook describing the mechanisms governing this land. It will make it easier to decipher the meanings that we have written in intuitively arranged compositions. Dreamagining is an installation that allows you to interpret and understand your own daydreams.

Look into yourself. What dream are you dreaming? Or maybe a dream is dreaming you?
 
 
Authors of the project:

Patrycja Mastej
She has graduated from the Faculty of Interior Design and Designing of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. Holder of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and co-winner of the 2009 wARTo Cultural Award of Gazeta Wyborcza daily for the project “Interactive Playground”. She works in the field of contemporary art and design. She is professionally involved in the design of interactive exhibitions, graphics and illustrations. Her regular individual exhibitions focus on the study of processes connected with memory and body awareness, often using the creative method of Butoh dancers. A regular collaborator of Wrocław Contemporary Museum, since 2012 she has prepared interactive exhibitions in the “Self-Service Museum” series.

Magdalena Skowrońska
A graduate of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities and Psychology at the University of Wrocław. In 2008/2009, she studied the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Tilburg, and in 2011/2012 she was the beneficiary of a six-month scholarship at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From 2014 to 2017, she was the curator of the educational program at Wrocław Contemporary Museum. In 2015–2017, she cooperated with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław as a lecturer teaching Art Mediation. Since 2014, together with artist Patrycja Mastej, she has been developing and curating interactive exhibitions, including those in the “Self-Service Museum” series. As an art trainer and a psychologist, she runs sensual workshops and social projects that strengthen the sense of community while using creative methods.