Invitation for the 10th ( and 8th ) of January

This is the flyer for the Dreamyourtopia events here in Dallas.

And here is the info in written text:

5.00 PM - 10.00 PM (DOORS CLOSE 9.00 PM)

Bring a passportphoto, 4 dollars administration fee,
and Immigration Form WXRZYQ SFG 23587-492 A
to obtain your Dream Passport stamped with the right visa.

Dadara will give an Artist talk on the 8th of January
7.30 PM at the Theater in the Center for Creative
Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art,
1717 N. Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

click here for info about the talk

Dreamyourtopia in Dallas and Beyond

After almost six months spent here in Dallas ( and in the Nevada desert ) our stay is coming to an end. I already started preparing for the Dreamyourtopia performance at the Lowlands Festival in August 2009 in the Netherlands, rebuilding the interrogation house in a sturdy, movable, better designed and waterproof way. But first the Checkpoint will still operate here in Dallas at Centraltrak on the 10th of January and I'll give a talk about the whole project at the Dallas Museum of Art on the 8th. A few days later everything will be packed in an overseas container and on its way and we'll be in a plane heading for the Amsterdam rain


First version Dreamyourtopia Trailer online


Please provide us with feedback; positive and negative!

More exciting news coming:
Beginning of January I'll present the Dreamyourtopia project as a performance at Central Trak
and with an artist talk at the Dallas Museum of Art, just before leaving back to Amsterdam!
Stay tuned...........

At the moment no more organizing though.
I started painting again and am happy to be just dealing with paint and brushes :-)


Photos from the desert ( Back in Dallas )

After a long road trip we arrived back in Dallas today and unloaded the truck.
Being back "home" again I wanted to take the opportunity to get behind the computer and share some links of photos of the project.
These sets are from Birdman and Smashy who have both been involved in building the project.
Here they are:

And I uploaded some pictures on the dreamyourtopia site as well:

more to follow.........


TV Free Burning Man

Check out the item done by TV Free Burning Man on the Playa at:



An extremely dusty last weekend made the Checkpoint appear even more surreal and ghostly.
Luckily the storms laid down, so we could dismantle the Checkpoint, leaving no trace in the process. Ashes to Ashes, Brains to Brains, Dust to Dust.

Another 1800 miles to go and we'll be home.
Once I'll wash all the dust of my brain I'll try to collect my thoughts and experiences and will post those on this blog.


Checkpoint Dreamyourtopia in the desert

The Department of Dreamland Security has finished setting up Headquarters and has already processed hundreds of forms and issuing Passports to the Land of Dreams.

Next Sunday we'll start dismantling and will start getting ready to move back to the real world......


Almost ready

Great weather ( more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but a few weeks Dallas got me used to that ) , no dust storms and a great crew make for good progress on the project, so we might be up and running by Monday as planned.


First days in the desert

The Department of Dreamland Security has arrived in the desert last Sunday, set up camp and has been building and painting really hard. Hot weather, but somehow we're lucky that our spot out in the open doesn't get hit by the dust storms that do frequent a big part of the rest of the Burning Man Area. The Dream Gods must be with us.

Walls are up and being covered with grey paint and by tomorrow the main skull entrance should be ready. Then still the interrogation house, barb wire, CCTV and we'll be ready to start protecting your and our dreams.

And we now have our own bar as well for some after work hour relaxing......

We'll try to keep you all posted again in a few days live from the desert if satellite internet and weather permit!


Leaving for the desert

The Department of Dreamland Security has left for the desert.
But no matter where we are, we'll always keep a close eye on your Dreams.
Big Dreamer will keep watching you.

As a courtesy to our Dream customers we'll try to give you a small insight into our procedures by updating this blog occasionally from the desert, so stay tuned........

Sweet Dreams


On our way to Burning Man - New Mexico

After a long and hectic working period in Dallas all has been packed and we returned to George Heidweiller's studio in New Mexico after our initial American Dream Odyssey started here as well in April. Surveillance camera system is now operational, combat fatigues ready, car customized, passports being printed, sanding, drilling, hammering and more brain painting of course. More people flying in from Amsterdam. No sleep. No time to dream anymore. But hopefully enough time to make this Dream come true........

On our way to Las Vegas tomorrow.


Getting ready to go

The Dreamyourtopia Borderpatrol Car is ready to hit the road and the Passports have gone to print. Still 4 days before the roadtrip adventure will commence.........


Freed of Dust and Heat

I got an extra studio for the past three days in the Central Trak artist residency (thanks Charissa! ), so I could paint and varnish the Brain modules without the heat and (more importantly) the dust. We will have enough of those out in the desert.........

The studio had to be vacated tomorrow morning before the cleaning lady comes, so I put in some really long working hours, but managed to get it done and just varnished the last layer so it can dry overnight.


Dreamyourtopia Border Patrolcar

I am currently working with the people of Skinz on getting my Chevy Caprice stationwagon transformed into a Dreamyourtopia Border Patrol Car, so the Department of Dreamland Security can drive around in the desert and randomly arrest unsuspecting citizens.

Anyone not carrying proper ID's might be arrested and taken into Checkpoint Dreamyourtopia for further interrogation, which might lead to issuing the Passport to the Land of Dreams, thus preventing any future problems.

After all the Department of Dreamland Security is here to protect and to serve!


Brain Painting

I started working on painting the brain structure on the entrance skull parts.
Transported all from the Continental Gin Building to my studio at Central Trak,
and layed the front of the skull out in the parking lot to see all at once and make the different parts fit seamlessly when painted.
But with temperatures above 100 Fahrenheit/ 40 Celsius a parking lot is not the place you want to use for painting. The tarmac to hot to kneel on, the wooden parts to hot to put your hand on and the water you're drinking has already evaporated before entering your body......

So I cleaned up the patio in front of my studio and moved all the parts inside. It's still hot, but at least shaded.

Lots and lots and lots of curvy lines to paint. And the color I'm using doesn't cover in one coat. Some call this kind of work meditative, some call it boring.......

But I'm finally getting almost there. When I finish these 4 panels, I'll have another 12 or so to go.


WORK IN PROGRESS.............


Work in Dallas has started.........

Work started from the first day we arrived back in Dallas, now a week ago.
Working on the pink "brain" combat fatigues, getting helmets, badges and other Dreamarmy gear, setting up a studio and living space at the Central Trak artist residency, collecting CCTV camera's and other surveillance stuff, picking up my little bar from customs, including a visit to (very appropriate for this project) the Department of Homeland Security, getting wood, paint and other stuff and visiting the printer for getting all the colors and designs right for the Passport to the Land of Dreams etc. etc. etc.

Getting all ready for the big Road Trip adventure starting beginning of next month.

And trying to get used to the Texas heat and the fact that unlike Amsterdam this is not Bike-, but Car-Country.....................