Barbara Bickel "Dreaming Diversity" collection, 2013-2017 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
This collection documents two related participatory art installations by artist and educator Barbara Bickel, both of which were installed in the first floor rotunda of Morris Library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The first is Dream Working II: A Participatory Art Installation that occurred from February 11-28, 2013; the second is Dreaming Diversity: A Participatory Art Installation that occurred from March 6-31, 2017. The bulk of the materials document the 2017 installation. In both exhibits, students and the community were encourage to write their dreams on pieces of fabric that were woven into the Dream Scroll, which hung from the center of the rotunda ceiling. The scroll was encircled by a labyrinth made of tape on the rotunda floor. The installations coincided with nap-in events and lectures.
The collection includes artist statements by Bickel describing both exhibits, as well as newspaper clippings and a copy of a 2015 article by Bickel entitled “Socially Engaged Art Education Beyond the Classroom: Napping, Dreaming and Art Making” that was published in Arts and Teaching Journal. Also included is the Dream Scroll. The majority of the collection consists of 3.09 gigabytes of born-digital records, primarily JPEG and PNG images, Word documents, PDFs, and MP4 and .MOV video files providing visual and textual explanation of the exhibits. Among the video files are clips from Fox News coverage of the 2017 installation that were critical of exhibit and nap-in events.