Diary of Dreams

Re-enactment of "Diary of Dreams" by Joanna Rajkowska; in curatorial collaboration with Maria Franecka and Agnieszka Kleczyk ("Ideoses") // ATTENTION!! Due to the weather conditions this event will NOT take place on 25 June 2010. The actual date of the event will be announced soon! Check our website for updates!!

One of the shortest nights of the year will witness a public re-enactment of the “Dream Diary” organised by THE KNOT. It is an action by one of the most renowned Polish artists working in public space – Joanna Rajkowska. “Dream Diary” – one of earlier works of the artist – involved arranging a space for collective sleeping, noting down and collecting dreams. Here at THE KNOT, we will sleep together in public space, under the stars of Ursynów, at a city camp right on the top of the Kopa Cwila hill. Come and sleep with us! Take your camping equipment (sleeping bags, pillows) and spend a night with Ideoses and THE KNOT team. We provide full supper and breakfast, tea and special music to give you a morning kick start!

Info on "Diary of Dreams" from the website www.rajkowska.com: "Between September 3rd and September 8th, 2001, gallery XX1 in Warsaw became a place of sleep. Around 250 people gathered there, all wanting to fall asleep in the middle of the day in a public place. Waiting for them were two giant mattresses, seven by four meters, covered in linen, with light blankets and pillows. The mattresses were placed symmetrically on either side of the gallery entrance. An average of fourty people a day slept on them, between eleven in the morning and four in the afternoon,, when they were awoken by music (delicate chill-out), written especially for the occasion. Afterwards, they had an hour to really wake up and write down what they had dreamed, if anything. They wrote in small notebooks that had been given out. This is how the (never published) catalogue - a written Diary of Dreams - came to be. Participants were asked for a minimum of talking, for being together, for sleeping. People walking down the street which the gallery is on, could, through two giant display windows that form the wall of the gallery, view those inside who were sleeping. They could not enter the gallery, however. There were no television cameras or 'live' transmissions. Decceleration of experience was stressed, the sleeping people and their peace were more important than transmission of their sleep/dream. Diary of Dreams was an attempt to build closeness between people, who do not know one another. This intimacy was to arise through simply lying beside one another, sleeping, not through conscious communication. It was also the answer to a situation where the family has a monopoly on intimacy - a monopoly that leads to isolating people without families, to a lack of communication. Dividing people into friend (relations of blood or sexuallity) and foe, means that we forget that firstly we are only a separate body, which demands intimacy with other bodies."

Friday, 25.06.2010 | 21:00

Warsaw Ursynów Event