Thursday 3rd May 2012

Dream Matrix Live

Oscar Wilde quipped that the most frightening words in the English language are 'I had a very interesting dream last night'. This Salon, we shrug off such pithy observations as we embark on our most ambitious event yet: raising our hypothetical trowel and aiming it deep at our audience's collective unconscious . . .

Yes, that's right for the merry month of May, we'll be asking you to tell us all about your dreams (wake up, Oscar), as we stage our own social dreaming matrix, which, (do we need to tell you?) is a method to loosen the possessive ties we have over our dreams and place them in a much broader context.

This is an idea with ancient lineage. In fact, long before Freud and Jung even had beards, dreams and dreaming had great significance in many ancient societies and civilisations, and were used to understand the meaning of their lives and the world around them.

The matrix acts as a conduit that receives shared aspects of the group's dreams and amplifies them as a means of exploring their context and uncovering the common cultural themes within. Originally conceived by W. Gordon Lawrence, an organisational consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, it has been honed to perfection by others throughout the world, and we are beyond lucky to have Jungian practioners Helen Morgan and Penny Pickles, world-experts in the convening of a matrix to lead us through Salon's own.

Helen and Penny explain. 'The primary task of the Social Dreaming Matrix is to share dreams and to associate to one's own and other participants' dreams, so as to make links and find connections.  Such a perspective regards dreams as more than the private possession of the dreamer and suggests that, by exploration in a social context through free association and amplification, your Salon dream exploration experience may edge your conscious, finite understanding further into the unconscious infinite.'

And if you're left scratching your head, wondering what the hell's going on, don't worry - BAFTA winning animator Greg McCleod will be on hand to interpret the results of our matrix, drawing our dream archetypes as we go, and creating a beautiful film of our shared experience.

As this is a super special Salon, there is a limited number of Salonistas we can open up the dream matrix up to, but we really want you to be there. Because of limited numbers, the tickets this time are £12 - including a welcome cocktail: Hemmingway's favourite 'Death in the Afternoon'

The Dream Matrix will take place in Notting Hill on the 3rd May, door open at 7.30pm, Salon begins at 8pm. There is no need to bring or remember your dreams, the matrix is only interested in your subconscious so don't leave that on the tube.


  • Helen Morgan / Penny Pickles

    Social Dreaming Matrix Live

    Helen Morgan is a Jungian Analyst, a Senior Member and Fellow of the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP) of which she is a past Chair. Her background is in therapeutic communities with adolescents and in adult . . .
  • Greg Mcleod

    Greg Mcleod

    Live Animation

    Greg Mcleod is an award winning illustrator, animator and director with a distinctive hand drawn style and has worked on a wide range of projects including animation, illustration, exhibitions and book covers.  Greg writes and directs . . .
  • Phillipa Perry

    Phillipa Perry

    The Gothic Mind. Sanity. Identity.

    Philippa Perry left school at 15, an undiagnosed dyslexic, she was written off academically, sent to Switzerland to learn how to ski, speak French and meet posh people, yet only ever seemed to enjoy lovers with regional accents. Sacked . . .


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