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Everything is vibrating.

I cannot wake myself.


I must have managed it in the end because I’ve slept and awoken many times since then…as far as I know.


Commentary: When the labyrinth, the inner ear’s fluid canals (Venice), detects changes in acceleration, a sensation of falling can occur. The labyrinth works with other sensorimotor systems in the body, such as the visual system and skeletal structure, to check and maintain the position of our body at rest or in motion. If the body falls with no other momenta such as rotation, there is no falling sensation. This almost never occurs because when the faller leaves or loses ground support there are usually very significant quantities of residual momenta. Since these momenta continue as the person falls, a sensation of dysphoria (a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life 1 1   Makes sense if you are falling.) arises. The faller spins and flips due to these residual momenta as well as to the asymmetric forces of air resistance on the asymmetry of the human body. While velocity continues to increase, the downward acceleration remains constant (thanks to gravity) and is not sensed. Increasing the drag force may even cause a feeling of ascent. 2 2   Potential comfort to be taken in thinking jumpers die feeling like they are flying; may also explain some sense that one is flying while dreaming.

A hypnagogic jerk is a sleep disorder or sleep phenomenon in which the dreamer/sleeper experiences a sudden muscle twitch accompanied by a feeling that the dreamer/sleeper is falling. There is no known reason why this occurs but one theory suggest that the muscles begin to relax right after one falls asleep, the brain senses these relaxation signals and misinterprets them as falling. The brain then sends signals to muscles to keep the body in balance, i.e. stop it from falling, hence the jerk experience.

[Question: we dream of falling straight down, but would someone who has fallen in waking life—and survived—dream more accurately of the rotation that actually occurs when the body falls through space?]

There is also some evidence to suggest a correlation between the frequency of hypnagogic jerks and anxiety. Other possible contributing factors might be fatigue; physical discomfort while sleeping; caffeine consumption and highly intense exercise.

[Question: could a state of dysphoria already present in the dreamer/sleeper bring on the hypnogogic jerk?]

Conclusion: Clearly one needs to be within a framework of mind and body to appropriately fall into the dreamspace. One should be neither too conscious nor too tensed one way or another. Enter improperly and fear results.


Another conclusion: Anyone whose goal is “something higher” must expect some day to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? Then why do we feel it even when the observation tower comes equipped with a sturdy handrail? No, vertigo is something other than the fear of falling. It is the voice of emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

~Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Dream of the Drawing for Everything alchemies dream-like things: images and texts and films and sketches and philosophy and half-thoughts and visions and moments and fragments of all kinds. Resting and exploring here may deepen your relationship with the oneiric and, therefore, all apparent reality. Resting and exploring here may augment your psyche’s healing tendency—as Jung called it—through highlighting and delighting in humanity’s hallucinatory creations. (Without them, after all, neurologists assure us we would go starkers.) It is time there was a potentially infinite, intimate museum to what cannot be seen. Welcome to the museum.

Dream of the Drawing for Everything is some of the collaboration between artist Nuala Clarke & writer Crystal Gandrud. Our work arises out of what dances on the edges of perception and our collective attention gravitates to the dream-like nature of human experience. We have been in collaboration since 2010. Our merged practices of visual and textual art unfold on a continuum, as part of an interconnected series evolving over time. Both performed “Fair Shouldered One” (a book which is not a book) at the &Now Literary Festival in Paris, 2012 and installed “Between Spaces”, a Yeats inspired dreamscape at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, 2013. Most recently participated in the Find Arts Project in Castlebar, Ireland. Our public art installation of words and images printed on linen, “Woven Found”, hung on Castle Street. The project won the best commissioning practice award from Allianz Business to Arts, 2014.

Nuala Clarke

Nuala Clarke, visual artist, lives and works between Co. Mayo and New York City. Educated at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, she moved to New York City in 1993. In September 2007, she received a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Mayo and began returning to Ireland from NY to work every year. Clarke has been represented by Boltax Gallery, NY since 2005. Recent shows include, Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco, (2012); to Tremble into Stillness, a WB Yeats related show at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; RHA invited artist; and A drawing for Everything, Ballinglen Arts Foundation (2013). BLINK, a public art installation at the Westport Arts Festival, Co. Mayo (2014). Upcoming shows (2015): Impressions of Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; Of this place, Sligo and Madrid.

Crystal Gandrud

Crystal Gandrud, writer, lives in New York City and Normandy, France. She holds an MFA, Creative Writing and a BFA, Classical Theatre. Recent publications include “Yeatsian: Numberless Dreamers,” The Encyclopedia Project, 2014, “Here,” Lost Magazine, and “Idiom: Woodbird Flies Early,” The Encyclopedia Project. Her dissertation, “Murdoch: the Mandala Maker,” was presented at Kingston University’s Iris Murdoch Conference (2006), London. At the most recent Murdoch Conference, she performed a multi-media excerpt from a work-in-progress entitled “The Forgotten Man,” inspired by Murdoch’s philosophical writings. She is under contract for a memoire entitled “Astonishment: A Litany of the Uncanny.”

Tell us your dreams. Dreams are accepted by the editorial staff on the basis of aesthetics. That said, there are certain topics that will not be considered. Extremely violent or pornographic dreams will not be accepted on any basis so please do not submit them.

All dreams must have three components:

1) a title

2) a number of no more than 20 characters (subject to a request to reconsider if that number is already used)

3) your name as you wish it to appear

Dreams may be any length.

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