Have you ever thought about the fact that we human beings spend one third of our lives with our eyes closed and our consciousness lowered? When we sleep we sometimes dream. Do our dreams tell us anything? Are your dreams letters from you to yourself? Are your dreams a window on your unconscious?

During the 19th century, in the West, it was popular to think of dreams as solutions to problems and as moral guides. Dreams were even thought to be able to alert us to future peril or be expressions of bodily signals and thus be able to forewarn us of illness, for example. According to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, who wrote the book The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, we dreamers possess the key to our dreams. Freud was not the first to have theories about dreams – people have always, in all times and cultures, wondered about dreams and what they can mean.

In many Asian cultures, people believe the soul leaves the body when we sleep and wanders about. The dream is what the soul experience as it wanders. Another idea that occurs in many cultures is that the soul of the dreamer can leave the body as another creature, perhaps a mouse or a snake, during the dream. Dreams can also be interpreted as a message from the gods or spirits who would relate the future; this is an intepretation of dreams that we find in many African religions.

During the 20th century, the scientific view was that dreams were a by-product of unconnected brain activity during sleep. Today many brain experts and psychoanalyists think that dreams weave their narratives from strong feelings that we have not noticed when we are awake. Since a dream reflects feelings, moods and attitudes that we are not always aware of, it can help us to see the world and ourselves in a new way. Even when we dream we are narrative machines.

Pixled Dream
The sculpture Pixled Dream is built by 8000 separate plastic cubes creating a physical structure imitating digital images.
The sculpture depicts a sleeping person with the bed side lamp still on. The light has gained physical form and covers large parts of the bed and the sleeping person.