“Social Dreaming in the 21st Century” | Natalie Zimmerman & Michael Wilson

February 6, 2013March 3, 2013

February: February 6 to March 3
Natalie Zimmerman & Michael Wilson

Social Dream Lab -
Contemporary culture is awash in the rhetoric of dreams and revolutionary longing. From attempts to revitalize America (The American Dream), to civil rights (The Dream Act), to the recent global grassroots movements re-imagining a future of social, economic and environmental justice for all—collective aspirations are being creatively expressed and shared with unprecedented speed and reach.

During the month of February 2013, the gallery will be used as a laboratory for exploring the intersection of individual and shared states of unconscious/ness. Invited guests will include experts from diverse backgrounds to facilitate dream experiments using both poetic and scientific methodologies. During the month, artists Wilson and Zimmerman will continue research and production for their experimental film, Close the Eyes, as they further examine both personal and collective dynamics of dreaming and its relationship to larger social and cultural issues of our time.

Dream Exchanges: one-on-one conversations and creative un/conscious explorations will happen throughout the month with the artists Wilson and Zimmerman.

Documentation of on-site and remote dream lab projects will be taking place all month on the Social Dream Lab website. Contributors from Athens, Virginia, Vienna, Portland, San Francisco, and several other locations throughout the world will be regularly posting the results of social dreaming experiments and excercises. Each contributor welcomes feedback and interaction.

Related Events
The artists invite you to participate in or observe a dream session. Dream sessions take place on February 9, 10, 14, and 17. To reserve your space, email amartin@famsf.org. Drop-ins welcome as long as space is available. Dream sessions will take place upon Fabric Earth: A Textile Topography, handcrafted by Amber Bieg.

Saturday, February 16
Soul's Melodies, an unfolding of poetry, music, and meditation

Saturday, March 2, 1 pm
Koret Auditorium
Social Dreaming in the 21st Century: an afternoon of spoken word, fleeting images, and musical improvisation with special guests; reception immediately to follow (3-5 pm in the Kimball Education Gallery)

Close the Eyes trailer


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums.