Artist Statement and Project DescriptionThe Book of Dreams project is a collaborative venture between me and the participants who agreed to record their dreams via pinhole and written text. Participants were instructed on how to use the pinhole camera (the most basic and low tech form of camera that exists), and each person offered up an expertise that they have been born with: the ability to recall the hallucinatory images experienced during sleep.
The process was fairly straightforward and accessible: the individual dreamers took home my pinhole camera and set it up with the aperture facing their bed as per my instructions that were outlined in the back flap of the journal. Before tucking in for the night’s sleep, the pinhole shutter was opened and the lights turned off. The person then went to sleep and dreamed. Upon waking, the shutter was closed and the participant recorded the contents of what was dreamed during the 8 to 9 hour exposure.
As book of dream recordings, the journal has the function of acting as an archive of the people whose dreams are inside and as well as an intimate story book that each contributor had the opportunity to read before adding their own entry.