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Working on an organisation’s archive is not just a technical venture aiming at ordering and filing documents.

Working on an organisation’s archive is working on an organisation’s history, on an organisation’s identity and primary task and on how this has been shaped over time and space.

Working on an organisation’s archive is working with ideas, artefacts, people, memories of people, and strong or faded memories of communities…

Participants: 55 9 dreams Over 50 associations Themes: Rollercoaster of emotions: (overwhelming, intense, sad, angry, loss, helplessness, guilt, shame) Mine as a container: (Digging for the unknown. The SDM is like a mine. Images of being stuck in a mine. The fear of a mine being a landmine. In mines can be hidden dangers (like […]

Participants: 58 13 dreams Over 40 associations Themes: Longing for connection: (how will we connect without shared memories, without touching) The falling apart and estrangement of self: (strange deserted houses; rooms are connected yet detached; Zoom as a metaphor for experience in pandemic; looking into each other’s houses) Loss of Smell and Perfume: (symptom of […]

51 participants 12 dreams Over 30 associations Main Themes: Search for common language, being connected. Yet the competition, fragmentation across borders. Who has the knowledge? who knows the truth? We were all in one, experiencing pandemia, the world in lockdown; as we move out of lockdown, social distancing shows its effect: isolation, differences, classes and […]

65 participants 15 dreams Dozens of associations Dream 1: A house under construction could see old brick walls. Could see cement on household. Space for windows there but not put in. Frames, just empty spaces. Could see the empty spaces but no one there. I was flying in the air looking at the spaces. Dream 2: […]

If we were to give the session a title it would be: Lemon Drop Soup to the Superhero
• 48 participants – about 34 female/ 14 male
• We lost count of dreams.. and associations..

If we didn’t know the context of the dreams, would we have been able to guess that they were dreamt during Covid-19 times? 59 participants – about 35 female/ 25 male 16 dreams 22 associations Themes: Going to unfamiliar places Beaches / Bitches Nature is nature Extinct Elm trees Felines: tiger, jaguar, kittens Lack of […]

What do we want to save?  A tension between being a part of something and being apart.  Is something being born, but the gestation is beyond what we are used to. 41 participants – about 28 female / 13 male 14 dreams 50 associations Themes: Invasion Sin and punishment Babies Death Noah’s Ark The Ferryman […]

During this matrix, everyone had their video off and were on mute unless they were speaking – an invitation to the unconscious. 46 participants – about 30 female/16 male 20 dreams 26 associations Themes: Boundaries – blurred and strict Fear and anger Overwhelm Authority – contradiction and ambiguity Sacrifice Ethics and justice What new world […]

On Thursday 7th November just before 10am, a group of us gathered at St. Luke’s Community Centre in Shoreditch, ready to begin an exploratory day that would delve deep into the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations’ (TIHR) archive. As the Tavistock Institute’s CEO Dr Eliat Aram stated in her opening speech, art has a way […]