‘Book of Dream’ was the 2018 iteration of the Great Wall of Books project, an interactive public art installation conceived by Well Productions, Dario Vacirca (Artistic Director). The project has toured locations in Australia, Macau, Mexico and Seoul, and continues through its residency at Falls Festival, Lorne, until 2020.
During the installation, one of the activities involved taking individual and group visitors on one-one and group arts-based inquiries using the therapeutic methodology of the Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Art Therapy. Inquiries as facilitated by Nithya Iyer. Outcomes included performative, visual art, vocal and literary synthesis of creative expression leading on from thematic provocations as emerging from the facilitation.
‘Turning a new page in a book is a refreshing sound. Like how an old book smells when we crack it open. We breathe in wisdom, we exhale guidance. We don’t even realise the world we are stepping into. Sometimes, we come back to same stories for a new perspective. The Great Wall of Books was born from this provocation. Dreams evolved towards an epic collaborative installation made of steel, timber and time, books, and deep seeking. It became a space sparking change through subtle engagement with ideas for public encounters. A vessel to inspire critical dreaming and social change. It has been fifteen years to this day. Last year, we came together with the Village Festival of New Art and Performance and Falls Festival to conceive of a new phase in the life of ‘the biggest book ever bound’. Over NYE 2018/19 we facilitated and collated artworks with hundreds of punters – across clay, film, sound, painting, writing & performance. Together these pieces form the basis of the next phase of experimental performance, exhibitions, wildflower gardens, and screenings. At night we screened an evolving film, created from the processes, actions, intrusions, pauses and phases of the material existence in and around the book…’ – Dario Vacirca, Artistic Director