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May, 2018
"Dream House" by artist Marina Abramović, located in Niigata, Japan. Photo: Anzaï

In a renovated traditional Japanese wooden house, lies one of the most peculiar art experiences you can imagine. Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović has reimagined the art of sleep, and created the “Dream House” nestled in the mountainous region of Niigata, Japan. With Abramović’s intention; “I want you to dream. You must dream in order to face yourself.”

As an experiential overnight accommodation it is unlike the rest, where guests are invited to put on a special robe according to their room colour (red, green, blue or purple) and enter the coffin-shaped bed. Alongside, a notepad and pencil are placed for immediate thoughts to be written once awoken the following day. On the overnight artwork, Abramović explained; “It’s important that this ‘Dream Book’ relate to the traditions and heritages which are gradually disappearing from our lives in the midst of the bustle of the modern technological age.”

Initially created for the 1999 Dream House Art Project, the installation remains permanent for guests to book throughout the year. On the projects 10th anniversary in 2012 for the Tsumari-Art Triennale, a book was published containing over 1862 dreams from the Dream House. Bookings can be made in advance through the Dream House site, here.

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ “DREAM HOUSE” 
642 MATSUNOYAMA YUMOTO,
TOKAMACHI CITY, NIIGATA PREFECTURE
JAPAN

May, 2018