WHO WE ARE
The Boccaccio Project, an initiative under The Dream Institute of Tomorrow, consists of neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, academics, writers, journalists, and historians. None of us are self-declared “experts” in the study of dreams (i.e, oneirology), but we do have unique stakes and interests in dreams and dream activity.
We communicate and collaborate very much in a matrix fashion, with the end-goal of distilling as best we can the possible meaning(s) of any given dream. Despite our collective accolades, exposures, and perspectives, we must reiterate to everyone, including ourselves, that our analyses are entirely subjective and are therefore neither right nor wrong.
Our raw data, however, is becoming increasingly fascinating. As more pours in, we will explore ways to share it creatively and constructively, with emphases on technology, collaboration, and application. We welcome any and all suggestions in the meantime.
The Boccaccio Project’s foremost objectives are dream-based. However, there is a literary component as well, which will factor in later -- after hundreds, if not thousands, of dreams have been aggregated and analyzed.
The literary component will, we believe, be significant in its own right. Essentially, we intend to select and rewrite one hundred of the dreams that we have received -- carefully curating and composing them -- to reflect a specific point in time: today. Not unlike Boccaccio's The Decameron, our compilation will endeavor to provide an as-yet undetermined commentary on the times.
Diverse dreamers with resonant narratives and gifted connections to their unconscious will provide the content for tales that will offer a glimpse into what’s going on in the modern era. Perhaps our progeny will find this of interest. Or perhaps advanced artificial intelligence will refer to this project in order to remind itself that humans are strange and unpredictable, and that the human mind is as vast and mysterious as the universe itself. Or perhaps no one will find this of interest, and it will get lost among the unceasing content generated by everyone online with a voice, which in itself will be a literary (and human) milestone. Only time will tell.
WHO IS BOCCACCIO?
Giovanni Boccaccio is one of the most prominent writers not only in Italian or Medieval History, but in all of human history. His epic work, The Decameron, is a staple within the literary canon of Western Civilization.
The Decameron (~1353) is a collection of one hundred tales (hence, “deca”) that chronicles the times – when the Black Death ravaged Eurasia and Europe – via themes of tragedy, comedy, wit, parody, and fantasy. The tales themselves are unique and poignant, while the overall collection of them is meant to provide future readers and studiers a peek (with conscientious commentary) into a point in time.
The tales in Boccaccio's The Decameron run the gamut in terms of plots, themes, messages, even styles. The stories themselves are rife with visions, dreams, and nightmares. Boccaccio, himself, wasn't an overt studier or interpreter of dreams, per se, but there is absolutely no mistaking his appreciation for them -- both reverently and irreverently.
It is his unique literary approach to the unconscious mind that inspires this project.
WHAT IS THE BOCCACCIO PROJECT?
The Boccaccio Project, an initiative under The Dream Institute of Tomorrow, is both basic and audacious in its goals. On a basic level, we aim to collect as much data about dreams as possible. The data comes in many forms and through various channels from people like you. On a more audacious level, we aim to accomplish three things:
to help people remember their dreams
to help people "sit" with their dreams in order to enable their dream activity to speak to them more intuitively, more emotionally, and more cognitively
to help people analyze and interpret their own dreams without overthinking them or ascribing too little or too much meaning to them
The team at the Boccaccio Project explores modern dreams through a primarily psychoanalytic lens. There is no formula or algorithm to the analyses, but there is supporting data that many prior studies have failed to either collect, synthesize, emphasize, or reflect.
In this digital age, we have the luxury of collecting more information than ever before, but we must not be hasty in our assessments of that data, should we even provide assessments. That said, while we might refrain from sharing scientific findings for now, we intend to provide our contributors, like you, with our own analyses of your dreams, completely free of charge. All you need to do is to be willing to provide as much information as possible about your dream(s). Your information will be secured, and your anonymity will be guaranteed. You simply need to share with us whatever it is you can share.