Urban Dreamscape

‘I met Jennifer Dumpert during a trip to California in 2005. In a bar on Haight Street in San Francisco she outlined a dream practice she developed during a rough time in New York, a process of mapping dream content onto your local geography in order to foster bonds between the dream and waking worlds.

‘This sounded fantastic for the first Dreamflesh Journal, but unfortunately she didn’t find time to develop a piece on the subject (though Volume One did include her fascinating examination of how the sense of self-identity in dreams can seep into waking life).

‘Well, she’s just launched her Urban Dreamscape site which documents her experiments in mapping her dreams onto the streets near her San Francisco home. Two books she mentions as key inspirations will immediately clue in anyone who’s read them: The Art of Memory by Francis Yates and The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. The former seems most directly relevant, because instead of literally documenting dreams of local places, she takes the creative step of transposing dreams onto walls, windows, lampposts, shops and other features that aren