Dreaming Diversity: A Participatory Art Installation, March 6 - 31

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Dreaming Diversity is the second art installation of a Dream Scroll with Nap-Ins to take place in the Morris Library Rotunda and is initiated and facilitated by students and faculty on campus.

Facilitated Nap-Ins will take place March 24 from 6:30 - 8:00pm, March 27 from 7:00 - 9:00pm, and March 29 from 6:30 - 8:00pm.

The closing panel discussion with WGSS RSO members entitled "Making Our Dreams Come True: Strategies for Change" will be held March 31 at noon, followed by a closing reception.

Contact WGSS@siu.edu or bickel@siu.edu for more information.

From coordinator Barbara Bickel:

From Sit-Ins to Teach-Ins, artist/activist/educators have been interested in alternative sites of learning. Nap-Ins originated with the Gestare Art Collective and are an on-going participatory arts-based inquiry project that began in July of 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Nap-Ins have taken place at artist residencies, galleries, community centers, churches, universities, libraries and educational conferences in Canada, the USA, Puerto Rico, Italy and Egypt. This is the second art installation of a Dream Scroll with Nap-Ins to take place in the Morris Library Rotunda and is initiated and facilitated by students and faculty on campus. The prior installation took place in February of 2013.

The library rotunda during Nap-Ins temporarily becomes a liminal space where the event-encounter of napping and creative process intersects being and doing, and stillness and action, offering a stopping place for self/other re-attunement and reflection on diversity in the midst of the day's activities. Over the course of the installation participants are invited to walk the labyrinth, nap, add dream(s) to the Dream Wall and attend the facilitated Nap-In workshops where your dreams for diversity can be added to the Dream Scroll. This Dream Scroll was begun in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at SIU in the fall of 2013. Students, faculty and community members have added to it over the years, and during its installation at the Morris Library others can add their dreams for diversity to it.

Combining napping and walking the labyrinth with the reflective creative process of drawing, writing and sewing in this interactive installation is intended to bring to light the collective awareness of a community. The different aspects of the installation hold the potential to assist participants to dream and witness themselves with/as the other. This installation is part of a socially-engaged art practice that integrates aesthetics with the ethical, and political.

There is something simultaneously powerful and playful about the collective growing Dream Scroll, created by many hands, some seasoned sewers, others novice, as it borderlinks unknown others across dreams, time, cultures, identities, place and space. It resembles an uncanny object more than a piece of fine art. It has become a dynamic living curriculum. Installed in the rotunda, with the labyrinth path, the Dream Scroll and Dream Wall beckons the artist in each person to co-emerge and co-learn with it; each prior dreamer becoming a wit(h)ness for the next dream’s arrival.

To read more about this socially-engaged project go to http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol1/iss1/12/