we imitate sleep to dream of dissent by Emily DiCarlo

With the participation of: Jacqui Arntfield, Ellen Bleiwas, Simon Fuh, Chris Mendoza, Dana Prieto, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh, St Marie φ Walker
Guided by five themed prompts, each dreamer-participant engaged at their own pace with short readings, various media and creative exercises that steered their performative responses. Intended to function as alternative embodied approaches to traditional research, each participant was encouraged to trust their intuition, lean into play and follow their feelings to experiment with the ephemeral and dream of alternatives to our current position. The project commenced in a collective action of rest in Toronto’s Queen’s Park, a historic site of protest and strikes. 

The findings of each participant will be collected, collated and transformed into an alternative publication in the form of a field guide as a tool for score-based self-practice. Coming in September 2022.

Emily DiCarlo


Emily DiCarlo is an artist and writer whose interdisciplinary work applies methodologies that often produce collaborative, site-specific projects. Evidenced through video, performance and installation, her research connects the infrastructure of time with the intimacy of duration. Since 2007, her work has been shown both locally and abroad with most recent exhibitions at the Art Museum in Toronto and SÍM Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland as part of their artist-in-residence program. She is the recipient of the 2020–2022 OAC Media Artist Creation Project grant, the 401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize, and recently held the 2019-2020 Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research grant (SSHRC). She has been a council member for The International Society for the Study of Time since 2016 and this past year, co-edited an issue of their academic journal KronoScope, which focused on “Anthropocenic Temporalities.” She currently lives and works in Toronto (Tkaronto), Canada.

Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed