a dream project

I have been collecting brief descriptions of recent actual dreams, all of which are included here. I am not interested in analyzing them, but simply curious about the experiences we have while our minds and bodies are at rest.

In the process of collecting these dream stories, I was inspired to make A Thousand Threads, a limited edition, screen-printed book. It contains short, meditative poems I wrote by interweaving the dream fragments of others with my own dream imagery.

This project was part of The Spaces in Between, a solo exhibition curated by Susanna Meiers, February 14 – March 11, 2011, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance, CA.

To see all of the book pages or contribute a dream story, please go to www.betsylohrerhall.com. Thanks!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lili Khanmalek - The Hill and Kissing Booth

Me and Brirod were spending a Saturday together and having a wonderful time. We hung out all day and in the evening we drove out to a venue where Kissing Booth would be having a concert. The concert was being held at a plot of land that belonged to Jasmin. It was sort of like a blog – a 3-D blog kind of thing – in  that one could get a free piece of land and trick it out, make it look creepy.  It was an empty, roofed piece of land, outdoors, which felt like a parking garage – only one wall and a ceiling. Jasmin was really successful in making it look weird. There was a street light in one corner, a hill that reached the ceiling toward the wall, and huge velvet puppets in the other corner. At the top of the hill was a curtain. Behind the curtain was a room or backstage-type area with a rack of clothes. It wasn’t a functional rack of clothes, though; everything on the plot of land was placed for design purposes only. No one lived there; it was just meant to be looked at. Jasmin had made it years ago along with her other blog ventures, but had cast it off when the trend lost popularity. Now, as it was being used for the Kissing Booth show, everyone was marveling at it as if it was an art installation. I thought it was a beautiful display of 3-D design. I heard her mom laugh about it and say, “So this is what she spends all her pocket money on.” It had a name like The Cozy Castle or something.

Me and Brirod drove up in a van and set up. He was worried the show would go bad but it was amazing. Everyone was singing along and mouthing every word. A lot of people came and everyone agreed it was a beautiful evening and the music was brilliant. Afterward, he was so paranoid that it had gone badly but I was so adamant that he eventually agreed. We had a moment of appreciating our friendship and then I woke up.

Lili Khanmalek
This is my dream from late October, 2010. I dreamed it in Long Beach, CA, USA. 

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