Dream a little dream is an honorarium project for Afrika Burn 2021. When the event was cancelled in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus, we extended the project to the following year.
The dream aspect exemplifies all the emotions and thoughts that we imagine goes through people's minds when they experience Afrika Burn. Where do all these incredible ideas come from? What initiates them? What if? Is this possible? How do dreams begin? What plants the seed? They all start as dreams.
Our early inspiration began with a song from the 1930's, and it involves one of the crew's mothers, who sang her the lullaby most nights. Made famous by the Mamas and the Papa's in the late 60's, it's also a love song and a wish of protection.
The evening sky in the Tankwa is one of the darkest places on earth. Night really falls there, virtually free from pollution, including light pollution, natural atmospheric pollution, and man-made pollution. Celestial objects that you can't see in an urban environment are now available to the naked eye. It's one of the increasingly rare dark sky sanctuaries in the world, and our largest astronomical observatory is less than 100kms away.
The sky is spiritually and culturally significant to the ǂKhomani Sān, one of the world’s oldest ‘First People’, whose culture is full of sky-lore: tales of the sun, moon, stars, galaxies. Maintaining dark skies is a cultural imperative for the Sān, as part of their efforts to preserve their traditions and to teach and transfer them to the younger generations. With this in mind, our installation took its lighting cue. During the day it stands in the desert as a sentence, absorbing UV rays. As the darkness falls it becomes bioluminescent, a unique, zero-energy solution that transforms into a light-responsive, sustainable emitting light for up to 10 hours.
THE MONEY AND WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH IT
The total cost of the project is budgeted at R80,000. We are really excited to have been awarded a creative grant from the team at Afrika Burn, but it's not enough as yet. All our raw materials: reclaimed wood, (over a ton of it) recycled steel rebar has already been donated to us, which is incredible. All the labour to build it is done by us at no cost whatsoever. (it’s us every weekend up to the Burn) The finished work will be 34 meters in length. We are collaborating with other art collectives to share transport and costs to the Tankwa Karoo. This leaves us the bio-luminescent aggregate as a remaining cost and we are bringing it into South Africa, as it is not available here. This cost is to pay for it and ship it to SA. We are reaching out to you to help us raise the remaining R40,000 which will put us in a position to make #dreamalittledream a reality.
ARE WE BURNING IT? NOPE.
Dream a little dream was designed to live on for another 10-15 years, providing an energy-free solution to practical way-finding and lighting. We envisage it living on in a space where people can benefit and enjoy the light that it emits every evening.
Dani Hervey, Bruce van der Meulen, Andrew Swift, Neil Horn, Sarah Murchison, Anton Fourie,Wesley Muir, Karen Knox, Vera Steehausen, John Macy, and growing!
For more information check out our Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dreamalittledream2020
Reclaimed wood 2,5m x 34m, all rebar recycled and used from previous burns. Created and temporarily installed for AfrikaBurn 2020 - Tankwa Karoo, South Africa.