The Dream Mapping Project


Produced by Dr. Kelly Bulkeley and curated by Alisa Minyukova, The Dream Mapping Project aims to bridge dream science with the creative process, resulting in an ongoing series of collaborative art, film and performance works.

Originally intended as a research project aimed at discovering common themes in the dreams of immigrants, DMP grew into a metaphysical exploration of immigrant artists dreams from around the world.  Each group spends several days unraveling the layers of a particular dream using various analytical methods and imporvisational interactive performance. Through this process the world of the unconscious manifests itself onto a narrative drama. The exercises allow each artist to enter into the collective dreamscape and play out possible meanings through the act of embodying dream characters as archetypes. In this way the dreamscape itself sets the stage for anthropologically rich performative storytelling.

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., Producer and co-creator of the Dream Mapping the Project, director of the Sleep and Dream Database. Kelly earned a doctorate in Religion and Psychological Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Stanford University.  A former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming, he has written and edited many books on the subject.

Alisa Minyukova Co-creator and artist in an ongoing international art and dream research project sponsored by the Sleep and Dream Database. Alisa was born in Russia and raised Lower East Side of Manhattan. She earned her MA in sculpture from the Petersburg Art and Design academy in Russia, and her MFA in film from the Cologne Academy of Media Arts in Germany. Human themes such as childhood, heritage, immigration, memory, mortality and how they narrate our dreams is her prime artistic focus.


Lana Nasser  Performing and spoken word artist, writer,  dancer and facilitator. Lana holds degrees in Psychology and Consciousness Studies, with a focus on dreams. An award winning playwright, with international credits – on and off screen. Born in Jordan, she has studied and lived in the United Stated for half of her life and now lives in the Netherlands.

Jennifer Cabrera Fernández Ethnochorepgrapher, dancer and singer. Born in Poza Rica de Hidalgo, Veracrúz. Jennifer Cabrera Fernández is a master of dance anthropology, songs and rhythms of different countries like Cuba, Bali, Senegal, Tanzania and Zanzibar, She has been living in Venice, Italy, since 2000 while performing internationally.

Victor Mutelekesha was born in Chililabombwe, Zambia. His work deals with subjects such as hybridity, diaspora identity, and the human condition, and has been featured in such international exhibitions as the Dakar Biennale, the Havana Biennial, and OpenART in Örebro, Sweden. Mutelekesha has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Gallery Palazio Tito in Venice, Italy. 

Jeremy Opt Perez A Brooklyn born dancer who transforms his body through Flexn and Bonebreaking. Jeremy is part of the Dream Ring and has been in the Flexn scene for thirteen years. He has performed in Nick Caves The Let Go at Park at Avenue Armory, Prelude to the Shed and in many other collaborations.  He is featured in a new film In The Heights coming to theaters in 2020.

Miguel Angel Valderrama Light Design


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Images: Isak TIner