Chinese Dreams

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‘Chinese Dreams’ is a mashup of the traditional children’s game Chinese Whispers (american english: Telephone Game) and the 20 minute powernap. A circular blanket is laid out on the grass. A cassette tape plays soothing tones whilst voices speak at long intervals in Estonian, Russian and English. The voices gently guide the sleepy through a series of simple movements and thoughts, which encourage each person to focus their minds on the one lying to their left. The aim is to create an unbroken circle of dreamers, with each person swimming intimately into the mind of the person next to them – a non-physical orgy of unrequited fantasy, in a counter-clockwise direction.

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The 20 minute nap took place at the closing event of Juhan Vihterpal’s exhibition ‘Alateadus’ at Amandus Adamsoni Muuseumi Galerii, Paldiski, Estonia on the 28th of August, 2016.

Photography by Kristino Rav.

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