Hi, my name is Steven Baughman. I am a Master of Fine Arts student at
Parsons School of Design. Working with fellow student Michael Tabtabai, our
thesis is exploring the possibilities of social media in humanizing the
digital experience. One approach we are taking is trying to find the best
way to represent dreams in a digital environment.
We struggled with how to actually enter the dreams into the online space.
Typing in front of a computer seemed too cold, and besides, I forget my
dream literally minutes after waking up. After exploring some other
alternatives (image entry, computer generated dreams, to name a few) we came
to the obvious conclusion: voice recordings.
Last month we set up a phone number that anyone can call as they were waking
up, and record their dreams. Many people use their phone as an alarm clock,
and almost everyone has a phone on a bedside table. After the call, the
dreams are then automatically uploaded online and saved for that person, and
potentially anyone, to hear. In the future we hope to expand this site to
allow users to login, save and sort their recordings, control who can listen
to their dreams, and connect to people through their dreams. We're hoping
soon to expand the project internationally by setting up some numbers in the
UK, France, and Germany.
Truthfully, we don't know much about the specifics of dream theory. We only
recently started getting into the subject, and have now been recording our
dreams for a couple months. I love listening to my dreams later in the day,
and often find myself amazed at the things I said just a few hours prior.
Yet, I really enjoy listening to people talk about their dreams. They are so
intimate. There is such a lack of voice in a digital environment, I find
it refreshing to listen to someone speaking to me as if I was a good friend
sharing a moment (and morning voices are sometimes really funny too!).
For the next few months I will do my best to keep you updated on new
developments, and highlight some of my favorite dream recordings. I hope
you'll take some time to listen to a few, leave some comments, and give us
feedback about how to expand upon this idea.
For more info, please visit:
To record a dream, call: 347-404-5094.