Dream Game

  • What about digging one of your friend’s unconscious as a bunch of players and make her meticulously construct a dream/nightmare out of it? How? Here you go:
  • Dream Game is a psychology-fiction-fantasy game, played with at least 3 people. A victim is needed who doesn’t know the rules of the game and who is willing to take up the dreamer role. People who already played this game cannot play the victim.
  • The chosen one goes out of the room and the rest of the players decide on the rule. When she comes back, someone tells her: “while you were away, one of us told his/her dream. Your task is to find out what the dream is and whose dream it is by asking questions”. She can only ask yes/no questions.
  • Players will reply the questions according to the last letter of the main word in the question. If the word ends with a letter in the alphabet before k (including k), the players say yes, if the word ends with a letter after l (including l), they say no. In this way, the victim finds out the dream all by herself.
  • For instance, if she asks: “was there a nurse in the dream?”, the players will answer yes since the main word “nurse” ends with an “e”. If she asks “was there a woman in the dream?” she would get a no, since “woman” ends with an “n”. The third rule is to suspend the “last letter rule” in some cases, not to be inconsistent with the previous answers.
  • After 15-20 questions, her mind starts working like a story synthesizer and come up with a dream that is not dreamt by anybody.
  • At the end of the game, when she finishes telling her story, she has to guess whose dream it is. Then, she is told the naked truth: “this is in fact your dream”.

Source: Murat Gulsoy 



What if dreaming and fantasy are a production, an active artistic "happening", a process of creation and emancipation? Why do dreams have to be understood as as distortion of subconscious content through the symbolisation process of so-called "dream thoughts" (...) Then, can we perhaps -instead of resorting to the vagueness of the concept "principle of reality" (reality has no principle whatsoever!)- challenge the idea that "dreaming" is an expression of an individual mythos (which presumably is also a "desired" story) and even that it is an anxious expression of an unproduced subconsciousness, by suggesting to consider dreams as "necessity", as production and as socio-political, aesthetic, artistic "investment" or attempt? Dreams should be "produced" and incorporated into the mechanisms of social, political world.


Ulus Baker, Ignoramus: The Not-To-Know of Psychoanalysis