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Dream Turbine reading list

Published: 21 April 2021 Author: A+E Collective

To accompany their Dream Turbine project, hosted by The NewBridge Project in April 2021, Glasgow’s A+E Collective have put together a reading list and shared resource for dreaming. Get in touch via to suggest any recommended material we can add below.


Hyperdream - Hélène Cixous

Black and White photo of a person smiling slightly looking just past the camera. They’re sat at a table with a mug in front of an out of focus bookcase. They’re resting their hand under their face and have short white hair. They’re wearing a patterned cream jumper over a black top and have glasses round their neck.

A book of mourning and poetic audacity, loss and love which spins on many different temporalities and interruptions.

The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula Le Guin

Photo of a copy of the book ‘The Lathe of Heaven’. The image of the cover us a drawing of a person sat on a chair in a suit. Overlaid where the head would be is a profile of a bearded face with some segments of tower blocks. Behind this is a blue cloud.

A classic sci-fi novel about a character whose dreams alter past and present realities.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson

Photo of a series of 3 books in a row. The book taking up the majority of the image is has white writing over 2 images of mythical illustrations on its cover. The writing says ‘The Illearth War, Stephen Donaldson’ ‘ Comparable to Tolkein at his best’. The central illustration is framed in a circle and is of a person in a green cloak stood in. Forrest scene. The surrounding image is of 2 mythical creatures fighting on a stone informs of a green landscape and blue sky.

These books follow epic adventures that appear to take place in a fever-induced dream. - suggested by NewBridge staff


24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep - Jonathan Crary

Image of the book 24/7 on a black background. The title is in very large yellow / orange bold writing and the background appears to be a distant shot of lit up urban tower block windows at night.

A sharp polemic on contemporary technology, capitalism and sleep, which makes the case for reclaiming sleep from the '24/7' consumption and production demanded of us.

Creative Dreaming - Patricia Garfield

Photo of the book ‘Creative Dreaming’ by ‘Patricia Garfield, PH.D’ the tag line at the top of the cover says ‘Plan and control your dreams for a more sensuous more creative and anxiety free life’ ‘read it the rewards are big’. The book has a solid black cover with a bold yellow title wrapped around a white circle with vertical wavy blue lines.

This book promises to help you 'plan and control your dreams for a more sensuous, more creative and anxiety-free life..."

The Hundreds - Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart

Grey image with various shadows of figures, animals and plants. Overlaid this are some white luminescent simplified drawings of butterflies / bees.

In this power collab, Berland and Stewart speculate on acts of writing and world-making in the atmospheres and rhythms of everyday life.

LIMINAL DREAMING - Jennifer Dumpert

Cropped image of a front cover of the book ‘Liminal Dreaming’ ‘Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep’. Going towards the centre of the image is an infinity series of the same photo of a purple field with a dark starry sky. The images collapse in on one another.

This book explores consciousness at the edges of sleep.

The Committee of Sleep - Deirdre Barrett

Cropped image of the top of a beige book cover. The title is navy and says ‘The Committee of Sleep’. The subtitle says ‘How Artists, Scientists, And Athletes Use Dreams For Creative Problem Solving And How You Can Too’ . The illustration below appears to show curtains opening to a black backdrop however is cut off.

How Artists, Scientists and Athletes Use Dreams for Creative Problem-Solving—and How You Can, Too

Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker

Book Cover with white and yellow writing. The writing says ‘Why we sleep, unlocking the power of sleep and dreams’. The background is an illustration of a starry sky with the bottom of a cresent moon at the top centre.

Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams

Database of Dreams - Rebecca Lemov

Word-search with a cloudy white / blue background. At the top centre the words ‘Database’ ‘Of’ ‘Dreams’ are circled and highlighted. Underneath the words ‘the’ ‘lost’ ‘quest’ are circled.

'An acclaimed science historian uncovers the fascinating story of a “lost” project to unlock humanity’s common denominator that prefigured the emergence of Big Data'

The Interpretation of Dreams - Sigmund Freud

The front cover of ‘Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams’. Under the title in a beige banner reads ’A new translation by Joyce Crick, Oxford World’s Classics’. Behind is a sepia photo of Sigmund Freud. He has a beard and is looking off into the distance.

A psychoanalytic classic, where Freud introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation.

Yoga Nidra - Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Photograph of the top a book. There’s a dark blue banner with white writing that says ‘Swami Satyananda’. In the centre is an illustration of a beige face with wings. On it’s head is a geometric abstract pattern which grows out to fill the centre of the book cover.

A deeper read on the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping.


Sunflower, Cast a Spell to Save Us From the Void - Jackie Wang

Black writing on a white background saying ‘The Sunflower, cast a spell to save us from the void’. Underneath is a photo of a child in a pink dress smiling at the camera stood next to a sunflower. Behind is more greenery and a beige wall with a window.

A poetry collection of documented dreams, surrealist musings and illustrations which process beauty, ecology, late-capitalism and trauma.

M Archive: After the End of the World - Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Close up image of a face in greyscale with added dreamy colours and stars overlaid on the head and in the iris. Black writing in the centre says ‘After the end of the world’. There is a black banner with green writing saying ‘Alexis Pauline Gumbs’

Series of poetic and dreamlike fragments which speculatively documents the persistence of Black life following a worldwide cataclysm.

Utopia Pipe Dream Memory - Anna Gurton-Wachter

Orange background with curving red patterned lines. There is translucent grey writing in the centre which says Utopia Pipe Dream Memory Anna Gurton Wachter

A book of serial and lyric poetics which builds upon impossible imagined intimacies, relishing the pleasure of slow, attentive learning.

Rendang - Will Harris

The book ‘Rendang’ by ‘Will Harris’. The title is colourful, large and broken up on the cream cover. Along the side says ’Granta Poetry’ in small blue writing.

An experimental and highly perceptive collection of lyric poems, upsetting conventional structures of narrative and selfhood, moving dreamlike between images and ruptured forms.

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A + E Collective

This reading list was produced by A+E Collective to accompany The Dream Turbine – launching 22 April 2021 – which explores the relationship between sustainability and dreaming, offering a space to collectively share our dreams and have discussions surrounding these broader topics.

A+E Collective is a multidisciplinary collective based in Glasgow, working together since 2018 out of a shared concern for climate disaster. Combining creative voices, poetics, innovative design and critical thought, we approach ecological dialogue through collaboration and participatory practice. Following the launch of our debut publication, But There is No Land Near the End (2018), we have hosted a reading platform, BIOSYSTEMS, looking at themes such as ‘dark mycology and bio-architecture’, and delivered workshops, talks and installations at exhibitions and events such as Assembly Aberdeen,Generator Projects, Future Currents, UNFIX and Market Gallery. An artist’s book/anthology of works and research materials made from surplus material, MONTE CARLO 1, was published in 2019. 

Finn Arschavir (he/him) is an artist and designer. His practice spans drawing, sound and moving image. He often works collaboratively, often with cultural and community organisations, to challenge social and environmental inequalities and cultivate a shared understanding of empathy, kinship and self-transcendence.

Ane Lopez (she/her) is a creative practitioner with a background ranging across curation, design and  marketing with a focus on film and Anthropocene aesthetics. Ane is currently working as Programme Assistant for UNFIX, the Glasgow based performance and ecology festival, and she has curated a film programme for Femspectives 2021’s online weekender. 

Maria Sledmere (she/her) is an artist and poet, currently completing a DFA in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. She is editor-in-chief at SPAM Press. Recent publications include Chlorophyllia (OrangeApple Press), neutral milky halo (Guillemot Press) and the co-edited anthology, the weird folds: everyday poems from the anthropocene (Dostoyevsky Wannabe).

Lucy Watkins (she/her) is a graphic designer currently assisting organisations who are positively impacting people, planet and future. By helping to develop unique identities and create a broad range of engaging print/digital collateral, she also ensures sustainability is kept in mind throughout the design process and into the final outcome. Lucy is also a passionate local, seasonal and zero waste cooking advocate.