Archive | April, 2011

Tanka, taiga, Tarot

12 Apr

Some last-minute questions came up last month in connection with two of the three articles I was working on for the Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams (due out in March 2012). I was vastly relieved to discover I have several books with the answers—books I hadn’t remembered I owned, because I tend to acquire used books almost as often as I buy groceries, and in similar quantities. These particular books, though, had come from a friend, Patricia, and I’ve been meaning to thank her for their recent help. Continue reading

Freudian ordure

11 Apr

“Bathroom” dreams are one of those types that supposedly happen in everyone’s dream life, and synchronistically/precognitively, I had one this morning, although it wasn’t set in a bathroom.

No details will be forthcoming here, but I will explain why the dream was synchronistic. In one of the fits of filing with which I’ve been attacking an old and dreary pile of papers, I came across half an article I’d cut out of The New York Observer‘s culture pages at some indeterminate date earlier this year. The exhibit described, of art about math, still sounds interesting, so I went online to determine whether I’ve missed it. I haven’t: it’s “Proofs and Refutations” at David Zwirner Gallery, through April 23.

The first half of the article, which I didn’t cut out, is about an exhibit at the Algus Greenspon Gallery, also through April 23. Says Observer writer Will Heinrich (“The Offal Truth,” March 22, 2011):

Since the 1990s, inspired by a reference in The Interpretation of Dreams, the English performance artist Stuart Brisley has been constructing a “Collection of Ordure.” Several prime examples of his collection—one is tempted to say “ripe,” but they’re odorless—are on display in the Village…

 

The Nieuw Amsterdam of “Mad Men”

11 Apr

Returning for a moment to my Dutch fascination because of the upcoming International Association for the Study of Dreams’ 2011 conference in the Netherlands…a small synchronicity:

Back in January, when I was in the midst of sending out emails announcing Robbie Bosnak’s “Nieuw Amsterdam and the Golden Age” talk, I watched episode 4 of Mad Men‘s first season (on DVD). The episode title is “New Amsterdam.” It emerges in the story line that Pete Campbell, the obnoxious junior account executive trying alternately to suck up to creative director Don Draper or to show him up, is a descendant of the Dyckmans. Continue reading

Taiko & dance, and then a tsunami dream

3 Apr

Two weeks after the multiple disasters in Japan, they finally began seeping into my dreams, although mildly. The first was the 3/30/11 dream that was the subject of my most recent post. It was essentially a snapshot of a small-scale (sort of miniature) nuclear plant with spherical towers (more follow-up on those in a later post).

This morning (4/2, that is) I had another dream reflecting Japan’s disasters. I don’t suggest that it has any meaning for the situation in Japan—it certainly doesn’t seem on the face of it to be a healing dream; much more likely the meaning is entirely personal.

This dream was clearly influenced by the performance I attended Thursday night (3/31) by Tamagawa University Taiko & Dance. It was a fabulous performance of traditional Japanese drumming and dance inflected with the students’ modern affinities, including jazz and hip-hop. More visibly, the style turns drumming into aerobic exercise. Continue reading