The Book of Dreams, Claire, 2010
4"x5" pinhole negative and scanned journal, printed on archival inkjet paper, 14" x 11"
The Book of Dreams project is a collaborative venture between me and participants who agree to record their dreams via pinhole and written text. Each person is instructed on how to use the pinhole camera- the most basic and low tech form of camera that exists – and each person offers up an expertise that they have been born with: the ability to recall the hallucinatory images experienced during sleep.The process is fairly straightforward and accessible: each participant takes home my pinhole camera and sets it up with the aperture facing their bed as per my instructions which are outlined in the back flap of the journal. Before tucking in for the night’s sleep, the pinhole shutter is opened and the lights turned off. The person then goes to sleep and dreams. Upon waking, the shutter is closed and the participant records the contents of what was dreamed during the 8 to 9 hour exposure.As an evolving book of dream recordings, the journal has the interesting function of acting as an archive of the people whose dreams are inside and an ever-growing intimate story book that each contributor has the opportunity to read before adding their own entry.The work I am doing with The Book of Dreams is related to process, performance, and an attempt to translate the ephemeral experience of a dream into a tangible document through photography and writing.