Allow the self to be distracted — (Ars Poetica XVI)

—  wasting time is the most personal, most private, most intimate form of conversation with oneself, as well as with another.

Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle



Susan Hiller: Dream Mapping (1973/74) 

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Dream Mapping, 1973 was an art event provocatively poised between an experiment (social or scientific) and a performance without an audience. Seven dreamers slept for three nights inside “fairy rings” in an English meadow marked by an abundance of circles formed naturally by Marasmius oreades mushrooms, a landscape feature that occurs in a number of British folk myths. The field became a site for dream experiences which were discussed and mapped the following morning. The dream maps of each participant were collected and copied onto transparent paper, sandwiched together, and traced to compile a composite group map for each night. A number of shared features were noted.


waste time well!


Susan Hiller was born in the USA in 1949 and has lived and worked in Britain since 1970s. Her art practice includes installation, video, photography, performance and writing.

Mary Ruefle is the author of  ten books of poetry, a book of prose, and a comic book. She is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I love this idea. I hardly ever recall my dreams, though I used to. Maybe I need to sleep on a fairly circle!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Spring is here – sleeping outdoors might be just the thing to do!

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