On Dreams

Kunst, Performance, Rundtisch, Roma

Entrance: via Ludovisi 48
Art-Science series

Kunst, Performance, Rundtisch

Entrance: via Ludovisi 48
Art-Science series

‚Sogni d’Oro‘ – golden dreams – is what people in Italy sometimes wish for before going to bed. The saying associates dreams with a beautiful metaphor. They can be a golden treasure of images, emotions or stimuli, as well as a still not fully explored area of our existence. Dreams have always fascinated people, especially artists and scientists. They were (are) read as access to the expression of the unconscious, they were (are) noted, narrated and interpreted, or used as inspiration for ideas and utopias. The transdisciplinary event On Dreams traces the multiple meanings of dreams and dreaming, presents different approaches to the topic, and puts them up for discussion.

Friday, 27.01.2023 H18:00-20:00
Istituto Svizzero, via Ludovisi 48, Rome
Performative reading & Roundtable discussion
Registration recommended here

H18:00 – Performative reading DreamOre by Hunter Longe
The artist Hunter Longe (b. 1985, lives and works in Geneva) is part of the current group exhibition L’arcobaleno riposa sulla strada at Istituto Svizzero, which includes works by Meret Oppenheim (1913-85) in dialogue with contemporary artists. Hunter Longe and Meret Oppenheim share a fascination for dreams and the knowledge of their inspirational power. For Hunter Longe, drawing, noting dreams, and writing poetry are equally forms of intuitive and instinctual expression. In his immersive performative reading DreamOre, Hunter Longe reads poems and dream transcriptions, to which he develops a kind of meditative sound live with the help of a small solar panel and a light source.

H19:00 – Roundtable discussion
The literary scholar Diletta De Cristofaro, the neuroscience researcher Leila Salvesen and the artist Hunter Longe discuss the significance of dreams in literature, culture, artistic practice and neuroscience research. Among other things, they trace the questions of how the perception and connotation of dreams has changed over time and what secrets about our subconscious, our existence they still hold.

Moderated by Eva Bossow (ZHdK – Zurich University of Arts).

The performative reading and the roundtable are anticipated by the workshop The Creative Voice of Dreams – How communicating with and through dreams can become a resource for creativity, with Oliver Mannel (ZHdK-Zurich University of Arts) – CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

The event is part of the Art-Science series dedicated to the encounter between scientific research and artistic practices, curated by Maria Böhmer and Gioia Dal Molin.


Eva Pauline Bossow (1983) is a senior strategist with a focus on transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship. Making findings from scientific and artistic research accessible, providing consultancy services and platforms for debate on forward-looking issues, supporting organisations to respond to new challenges – the passion to generate impact and new solutions drives her. At the Zurich University of the Arts, as its Managing Director, she builts up a center of excellence dedicated to research, teaching, incubation and consultancy in the field of the creative economies. Now she is heading the transfer section and she supports young entrepreneurs.

Diletta De Cristofaro is a Research Fellow at Northumbria University in the UK. Diletta is Principal Investigator on ‚Writing the Sleep Crisis‘, a research project exploring the cultural politics of the sleep crisis supported by the Wellcome Trust and the European Commission. Her research spans the medical and the environmental humanities, focusing on contemporary writings responding to 21st-century crises. Her first book, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel, is out with Bloomsbury.

Hunter Longe (1985, California) lives and works in Geneva. He has a BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. He works in a range of mediums, inspired by the properties and transformations of the materials he uses. Deeply moved by discovering that 2/3 of the Earth’s mineral species have evolved after bacteria and plants began to fill the atmosphere with oxygen, the artist sees creativity as innate and permeating all materials. By appropriating stories and apparatuses from the sciences and conflating them with the esoteric and folkloric, Longe’s works undo distinctions between the living and the non-living and allude to an underlying sentience that far exceeds the human realm. A book of his writing and drawings entitled DreamOre was published last year by Coda Press and he was a winner of the 2021 Swiss Art Awards.

Oliver Mannel holds a Diploma in Voice and Speech from the University of the Arts in Stuttgart and is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. He has been teaching voice in the BA and MA Theatre at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2001. His teaching credits include a wide range of companies, non-profit organizations and private clients, the Uniarts Helsinki and the Festa di Teatro Ecologico on Stromboli. Oliver Mannel also has wide experience as a performer and studio speaker. In his ongoing PhD-project (in cooperation with Zurich University of the Arts and the University of the Arts in Linz) he is developing a vocal and communicative practice of dream work.

Leila Salvesen (1996) is an early-career cognitive neuroscience researcher, currently finishing a joint PhD degree between Italy (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca) and the Netherlands (Donders Institute, Radboud University). Her work is mainly focused on sleep and, more specifically, dreams, both at the neurophysiological and functional levels. She currently investigates the degree of (dis)connection of dream consciousness to the external environment — that is, how the sleeping brain processes sensory perception and integrates it into the ongoing mentation.