A dream is like a play written for the brain, which enforces us to catch the moments before everything gets blurred. My project is also part of this game, telling the stories we receive from our subconscious during the pandemic. Through interviews and photographs, I explore how the brain deals with the changes caused by the pandemic.
Dreams move from us, or rather from the physical world, and find themselves in the brain.
How have dreams been affected by our daily emotions, fears and thoughts about the future during the pandemic? What are the images our brain selects from the archive in our subconscious? Millions of people see unusual dreams, filled with various symbols. Neuroscientist Perrine Ruby believes the symbols might be a mechanism used by the sleeping brain to regulate emotion.
I spoke with 70 people, of different ages, occupations and interests, about their dreams—what they can recall, which symbols they see, and how the pandemic has influenced their sleep. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University who studies dreams, believes that as the virus is invisible, our subconscious transforms into many different things, including dreams.
My main focus was to determine how our subconscious defends us during the Covid-19 pandemic and takes part in the process of restoring details that are being lost or missed along the way.
While gathering other people’s dreams, I have discovered that in most cases people recall emotions, feelings, shapes and things they were the most worried about or, the opposite—things that amazed them. It was rare, however, that they could remember a dream in its entirety.