The UK officially went into lockdown on 23rd March 2020, and we started collecting dreams in early April. To date, we’ve had more than 700 dreams submitted from all over the world, and been featured in The Observer, The Times, BBC Radio and CBC Radio Canada. Each dream has been a real gem, and a moving insight into an individual’s unique unconscious experience of the pandemic. To everyone who has already sent us a dream — thank you! We’re hugely appreciative of all the time and effort that has been put into sharing these with us.
From the outset, we’ve been interested in how the pandemic we’re all living through is being inscribed upon the psyche, in how the day’s events, news, announcements (and atmosphere) are being transformed and represented in our dreams. In recent weeks, there have been many changes to the lockdown. The UK Government has signalled a lifting of some of its most physically and socially restrictive aspects of the lockdown, the official “track and trace” programme has been launched today, and it has been announced that all non-essential businesses will be able to re-open by June 15th.
While the experience of each of these changes will vary a great deal from person to person, we believe that they represent a kind of common milestone: in official terms, a transition towards ‘Phase 2’ of the lockdown. In order to gain greater insight into how this return to ‘the new normal’ is having an impact on everyone’s dream, we have set ourselves the goal of collecting 1,000 dreams by 15th June — and we’re over half way there!
Please share this news further and help us reach our goal of 1,000 lockdown dreams. If you have a dream you would like to submit, please submit it via our online form here. Whether you’ve been in contact before or are sharing a dream for the first time, each one helps us build a unique picture of these unprecedented times.
With thanks –
The Lockdown Dream Team