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Dream Parliament: An Exercise in the Democracy of Sleep

Thu, Feb 6/20 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Architecture and Design Gallery, 1 Spadina Crescent

Registration is required for this event. Reserve your ticket on the registration page.

This event is part of the New Circadia (Adventures in Mental Spelunking) exhibition at the Daniels Faculty.

Join us for an evening of discussion, organized by Matthew Spellberg with the help of David Leo Rice, about the long history and possible future of dream-sharing, with some case studies and experimental exercises. We’ll introduce you to some of the many strategies by which dreams have been negotiated and enlivened so as to become a part of waking life; we’ll discuss some of the last refuges for dream-sharing in the present, including among Arctic hermits and spiritual recluses; and we’ll give a demonstration of some old and new dream-sharing techniques. Often when we talk about dreams now, we think about interpreting them, but at this event we’ll be looking instead at the possibility of full immersion in the dream-world of others — its places, feelings, colors, smells, movements, and gestures. And we’ll consider the political complexities and democratic urgency of building a communal vision of reality from the raw material of the individual imagination.

Audience participation will be welcome.

Matthew Spellberg is a scholar of dreaming and the imagination, with a focus on the histories of Europe and Native North America. His work appears in Cabinet, Yale Review, and elsewhere. A book on storytelling and cognition is forthcoming from Juxta Press. He is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and was for six years a teacher with the Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University. Read More

David Leo Rice is a writer and animator living in NYC. His interests cluster around dreams/ nightmares, small towns, nostalgia, hauntings, outsider art, and the interrelations of mysticism and modernism. He is the author of three novels, two of which are out now, with a third forthcoming this year, and a story collection, forthcoming in 2021. Read More