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Dreaming Across Generations


19 Sep 2021, 10:00am



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A workshop for members of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation using new ways of considering our relationship with inherited memory.

Sunday 19 September 2021 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm (both essential)

Meet artist Daria Martin and take part in workshops she is using to explore relationships with inherited memory, including her own. As part of a long-term project exploring the dreams her grandmother recorded in diaries as a Holocaust refugee, these sessions are part of Daria’s process working towards the final phase of the project, a new film.

Led by an experienced facilitator, Laurie Slade, the workshops will use the Social Dreaming* technique to allow the group to share and respond to each other’s memories and dreams. Taking part in the workshop is a way to explore a form of group storytelling in a safe environment where what you share or not is up to you.

You will also be asked to share an object and a story associated to your ancestor. The workshops are not a form of therapy but aim is to create an opportunity for shared storytelling.

* Social Dreaming, a simple technique pioneered at the Tavistock Institute in the 1980s, in which participants share their own (sleeping) dreams, and respond to them.

Daria will be a group member, exploring her own inherited memory through associations made with recollected dreams. She may use select words and phrases from the dreams anonymously in the film’s songs. The film will screen at multiple venues, including the Manchester Jewish Museum from the autumn.

Daria Martin is an internationally acclaimed artist-filmmaker and winner of the 2018 Jarman Award. Daria transformed her grandmother’s dreams, recorded in an extensive diary, through her solo exhibition ‘Tonight the World’ at the Barbican Curve Gallery, 2019, travelling to the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco in 2020.

This project is supported by Arts Council England and delivered with support from Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association, University of Huddersfield; Manchester Jewish Museum and Imperial War Museums.

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