My theory that we can communicate with animals and other living things in our dreams is backed up by the fact that our limbic (mammalian) system and brain strem (reptilian) are activated in dreaming while the prefrontal cortex is "mostly offline". While dreaming we can remember how to commune with our reptilian and mammalian fellows, an ancient voice still alive within us: http://www.livestrong.com/article/78256-parts-brain-produce-dreams/
I walk here everyday on the way to my studio. It's called le Champ des Possibles. Its on an old train yard and the soil is highly contaminated. So it sat abandoned as a wasteland for years and became a wild space. Now that the surrounding area is gentrified the neighbourhood has fought to keep it as a field of possibilities, and a wildlife corridor in the city. This woman taught me that the earth just wants to have a conversation, so I think about my footsteps on her skin and how she feels it like a gentle massage. Also: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/08/24/studies-show-what-happens-to-the-human-body-when-we-walk-barefoot-on-earth/
This great essay: https://www.academia.edu/33199405/On_a_Possible_Passing_from_the_Digital_to_the_Symbolic
by Yuk Hui. In my work I am also interested in the question he asks about how we can approach the symbolic or cosmological connections with others, through technology. I am exploring this question specifically by engaging with a dream interpretation subreddit.
Here is a google doc hosting dreams from the reddit community and other internet-hosted myths that are forming the basis of my second wall-stretched painting for Common Weeds: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15_MvE8dt-i2Bcf4IEo_mILAiFbwy0aJN1Acn18IZGJM/edit?usp=sharing
Feel free to add your own dreams or tales that speak of wise women or trees.
Google doc housing dreams of birds from the reddit community, which I painted into the first wall-stretched painting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14CMEsJ42I8mg-LLO_tIBrtZOB30Mx3SF0-ZJzOGhncA/edit?usp=sharing
Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Google