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CT+CR HEADQUARTERS (Timelapse Video)

CT+CR Headquarters (Timelapse Video) from CT+CR Collective on Vimeo.

Postproduction by Amy O’Brien.


Waking, Sleeping, and Other Artifacts from CT+CR Collective on Vimeo.

Filmed by Amy O’Brien. Postproduction by Amy O’Brien.

“Waking, Sleeping, and Other Artifacts (Issues of Social Dreaming)”
Roundtable @ CT+CR Headquarters

Electronic technologies produce new images that precede perception in ways that Bachelard, thinker of dreams, could neither have predicted nor imagined. Dreams, wishes, aspirations, nightmares, blessings, and curses circulate the net with lightning speed and equal ease, scrambling delicate ratios of waking and sleeping, memory and forgetting, knowing and unknowing, ownership and appropriation, will and determinism, knowledge and desire, the ingenuous and the disingenuous, the lived and the unlived. Indeed, what if that’s the point? In this roundtable, members of the Collective explore the fundamental ambivalence of social dreaming, particularly in light of current conceptions of the Commons and Hive Mind.

Readings: Georg Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” On Individuality and Social Forms; Michel Foucault, selection from “Dream, Imagination, and Existence: An Introduction to Ludwig Binswanger’s ‘Dream and Existence,’” Dream & Existence; Friedrich Kittler, “Computers,” Optical Media; and Henri Lefebvre, “Clearing the Ground,” Critique of Everyday Life: Foundations for a Sociology of the Everyday.

For more information on “Waking, Sleeping, and Other Artifacts,” please see the website for the Social Dream Lab here.


AND NOW THEY WANT YOUR DREAMS, TOO. from CT+CR Collective on Vimeo.

Filmed by Holly Andres and jD White. Postproduction by Miles Johnson and Evangelina Owens.

“Dead Straight” is part of a series of events that the CT+CR Collective carried out for the Social Dream Lab @ the de Young Museum, San Francisco, California; February 6-March 3, 2013. 

Beginning with Bachelard’s notion of “dreams of will,” members of the CT+CR Collective read from the dream works of the dead, some with resurrectional intent. Taking the form of a live mimic model or exquisite corpse and executed according to strict time-based rules and restraints, first and foremost being the rule that the author must be dead, this performance explores recitation, in and of itself, as a form of social dreaming, involving interpolations of past, present, and future as well as complex aggregates of individual, dyadic, and collective will.

For more information on “And Now They Want Your Dreams, Too,” please see the website for the Social Dream Lab here.


April 7, 2011

More Multimedia

Listen to podcasts from lectures relating to MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research below, or explore the full Multimedia Archive on Untitled, PNCA's online magazine.


MA CT+CR Lecture: Geoffrey Mann

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research welcomes Geoffrey Mann as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.  Mar 12, 2013


MA CT+CR Lecture: Graham Harman

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research program welcomes Graham Harman, a central figure in Speculative Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology.  Feb 12, 2013


What Are You Looking At? Graduate Pecha Kucha Night

Students from the PNCA’s graduate programs give Pecha Kucha-style presentations at Museum of Contemporary Craft.  Feb 06, 2013


Women, Theater, and War in Iraq

The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, in partnership with World Affairs Council of Oregon and the Center for Middle East Studies at PSU, presents a panel discussion with Iraqi directors and playwrights.  Apr 12, 2012


Lecture: Lewis Hyde

Lewis Hyde presents "The Gift and the Commons: Creativity and the Public Good."  Feb 03, 2010


PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios: W.J.T. Mitchell

Scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature, W.J.T. Mitchell lectures on "The Future of the Image."  Apr 01, 2009


Radio PNCA: Will Weigler in Conversation with Anne Marie Oliver

Author Will Weigler talks to PNCA faculty Anne-Marie Oliver about interactive and applied theater.  Mar 21, 2009


PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios: Susan S. Szenasy

Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis magazine Susan S. Szenasy leads a panel discussion, "Green with Envy: How Innovative is PDX in the Quest for a Sustainable City?"  May 23, 2008


PNCA+FIVE Idea Studios: Jacques Rancière

French philosopher, critic, and political theorist Jacques Rancière on "What Makes Images Unacceptable?"  Feb 29, 2008