Dream Auction + The Tavistock Institute
We invite you to join a ‘collaboration through dreams’. This is between artists, a poet, social science, a fine art auction house and an expert in Korean dream culture. We will be experimenting with fusing different dream practices and creating new ones.
The project will begin with a unique series of Social Dreaming Matrices (SDMs) in collaboration with the artist Bongsu Park, who will be bringing a South Korean understanding of dreams into the Institute’s Social Dreaming (as developed by practitioners of Group Relations).
The shared dreams will be presented as an artwork ‘Dream Ecologies - Patterning Social Dreaming Matrix’ which can be bid for in the Dream Auction alongside a series of Dream Scrolls representing individual dreams.
Later on, we will hold a Symposium where we will share learning and reflection about the experience including conversations, reflections and presentations from the collaborators.
This project is supported by Arts Council Korea. A percentage of raised profits will be donated to entelechyarts.org, a charity based in Lewisham, South East London, devoted to testing the boundaries between art, creativity, care, wellbeing and community.
Social Dreaming Matrix
SDM #1 1 November
SDM #2 4 November
SDM #3 8 November
Friday, 19 November
11.00 - 13.30 GMT/UTC 20.00 - 22.30 South Korea
at The Rosenfeld Gallery
37 Rathbone St, London
14.00 - 16.00 GMT/UTC 23.00 - 02.00 South Korea
Saturday, 20 November
Register to attend in person in London
Social Dreaming Matrices were developed at the Tavistock Institute by Gordon Lawrence who built on Wilfrid Bion’s work about conditions for thinking in groups; and how thought emerges as a collective process from the group’s unconscious, alongside contemporary ecological and physical theories where day to day realities are broken up through interaction with an underworld and abstract wholeness of the universe.
Gordon Lawrence described a dream matrix as like a pot of hot, bubbling porridge. Social Dreaming is used in organisational and systems change and in recent years as part of social movements and change – Tent Cities in New York, London and Tel Aviv; online throughout the pandemic and as part of the Tavistock Institute’s excavation and opening up of its Archive.
Korean Dream Culture in Korea, discussing dreams and interpreting their meaning amongst friends and family is a popular way of identifying symbols that can shed light on events in a person’s future. Often, dreams containing particularly desirable elements are informally “sold”, transferring energy or a state of mind from one close connection to another. People who have had good dreams for example, such as one involving a pig which traditionally alludes to the arrival of wealth, can actually sell their dream to someone else.
This project emerged as we were working with our night dreams in one of the Social Dreaming Matrixes which was part of the Deepening Creative Practice with organisations programme offered by the Tavistock Institute, during its 2020-2021 cohort.
We all had different roles in the programme, Juliet Scott as one of the directors, Bongsu Park as an intervening artist, and Marie Beauchamps as one of the participants. But the Social Dreaming Matrix transcends roles, generating a space where each participant stands in connection with the rest of the group through the web of night dreams and associations emerging within the matrix. Later, we realised that the Social Dreaming Matrices spoke to each of our creative practices in distinct ways.
Bongsu Park is a London-based Korean artist. Her recent work is founded on how our innermost thoughts may connect with other people’s and how these can be shared publicly. Bongsu has developed an ongoing practice exploring Korean dream culture since 2017 including Dream Ritual at The Coronet Theatre in London(2019), Dreamers’ Gathering and Dream Auction at Post Territory Ujeongguk in Seoul (2021).
Marie Beauchamps is a poet and an academic working across the humanities, the social sciences, and law. Her practice is marked by having grown up in a tiny village in the North-East of France, leaving after high school to build a life elsewhere, moving abroad, settling in cities, learning new languages, losing languages, feeling lost, making space, reconfiguring space.
Juliet Scott is a visual artist with an interest in still life and object and social scientist interweaving between these disciplines through her studio research; organisational curation projects and the creation of dynamic learning environments including as programme director of Deepening Creative Practice with Organisations.
Hye-Kyoung Koh, PhD (Korea) is the author of Interpretation of Korean Fairy Tales; Using Dreams to Transform Your Life; In the Beginning Was the Goddess; Dreamwork with Gwangju Trauma Victims; Understanding Dreams (in Korean). Dr Koh is an associate professor at the Healing and Counselling Graduate University in Seoul and heads The Academy of Myth And Dreams.
Anna Harsanyi is a curator, educator, and arts manager based in NYC. She is dedicated to presenting art in a non-art context and creating sites that invite participation from audiences outside of the art community. Most recently, Anna worked as the Project Manager for the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and she currently teaches at The New School.
Giorgia Parodi Brown is Deputy Director at Sotheby’s and Manager of the Bids Department. She has lived and worked in Milan, Sao Paulo, New York, Paris and London. Giorgia oversees all of the auctions and auctioneers for both for Sotheby’s as well as charity events.
Tamlarok ‘Jeju's Dream folktales’
Bellong Bellong Now Festival in Jeju
supported by Bellong Bellong Now
“Tamlarok” is an artistic exploration of Jeju’s unique regional dialect and folktales that are becoming forgotten and disappearing from our lives. This work is an audio-visual collaborative work by Bongsu Park; a media artist and Haihm, an electronic music musician. The exhibition offers an experience of a space filled with visual and sound art.
Artist: Bongsu Park & Haihm
Exhibition held from 22 Oct to 24 Oct
Location: Playce Camp Jeju (Activity Plus Lounge) / Online
Online live streaming: Performance – 22 Oct 20:30 / Exhibition – 24 Oct 11:00
@ Cafe OTO and Gallery Rosenfeld
supported by The Bagri Foundation
DREAM WAVE is a sound and video performance that journeys through the theme of dreams.
After DREAM RITUAL performance at the Coronet theatre, Bongsu and haihm return with a non-physical performance as a means of exploring their fascination with dreams.
haihm’s beautifully scored electronic sound will draw the musical waves and Bongsu’s hypnotic video images will take the audience into the deep subconscious.
WORKSHOPS & DISCUSSIONS
Dream and Dreaming - their place in our lives
We are running a series of talks, discussions and workshops in lot of different contexts around the themes of dream. After our first workshop ‘Dream and Dreaming - their place in our lives’ at Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room on 2nd April 2019, the second one was held at Korean Cultural Centre in UK on 31st May. This series of workshops run by the project director Bongsu Park and Hazel Riley - an author, teacher and shamanic practitioner.
During the workshop we will talk about the project and the specific Korean culture of buying and selling dreams. Also we will share our ideas about dreams from many perspectives – dream related traditional customs to neuroscience and psychology. Alongside the dream contributions through our project website, people can contribute their dreams off-line at the end of workshop.