3e imperial/dream letters for granby
January 24, 2009
location: granby, québec
duration: one year
supported by: 3e impérial, centre d’essai en arts visuels with the collaboration of danyèle alain [direction générale et artistique] and yves gendreau [direction technique et administrative]
assistance with the french language generously given by: valérie d’hollander, christine brault, catherine bodmer and danyèle alain. as well as: émilie laforce, marie-andrée rho, manon quintal and anne bertrand.
this project began september 22, 2008, as a way of infiltrating dreams into granby…however, since the beginning the nature of the project has shifted towards a long-term goal of sending 1000 dream letters over the course of a year. in this way i am hoping to slowly amplify the dreams presence through an insistent repetition of the gesture, so that, perhaps, a whole community of “dream listeners” can be formed over time.
fragments -images culled from my dream world- are scattered, dispersed, infiltrating the lives of the citizens of granby. the dream letter, unbidden, arrives in the mailbox. the recipient opens the envelope, takes out the letter, unfolds the page and reads, “dear ____, I dreamt…”
the hand-written letter delivers the dream “chance” has “chosen.” one dream image is sent to one person, with each recipient receiving a different dream image. as a genuine gesture of person-to-person communication, the correspondence does, however, place the reader in a space of incongruent logic. for the letter is written by a stranger—and what logical explanation is there for a stranger to send you a dream?
through sending dream letters I am hoping to situate the recipient as an active collaborator. the dream world is invoked, inhabiting the reader’s life…however ephemeral and short-lived this reception may be.