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[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; of polish’d Iv’ry this, that of transparent Horn: True Visions thro’ transparent Horn arise; Thro’ polish’d Iv’ry pass deluding Lies.”
-Virgil, The Aeneid [/pullquote]

The Convolution 2013 theme is “Gates of Horn and Ivory: The Realms of Dream”. Dreams inspire us, they give us goals, they act as warnings, and open doorways to realms of imagination.

Authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy use our dreams of magical creatures, faraway lands, space travel and so much more to create whole new universes, which then turn around and feed the imaginations of their readers, pulling them into those worlds.

Artists give us windows into ourselves by putting pieces of their soul on display for all the world to see. Musicians, Actors- any creative field taps into dreams in some fashion or another to fuel their visionary process. The drive to take your own dreams and make them something physical and real, and share them with others is at the core of creativity and artistic inspiration. Be it writing, art, film, theatre, music-science, even- one could say all forward advancement comes from the initial spark of a dream.

But not all dreams are positive-as the quote from Virgil’s Aeneid mentions, dark dreams also have a portal to our world. Dreams are how our subconscious minds deliver messages to our conscious thoughts, and how our fears get to act out lives of their own. Darker inspirations and deep-seated fears can be just as heady and visceral as lofty aspirations for the future. Dark fantasy, horror, and the supernatural creatures that haunt the shadows of our world also come from dreams- just perhaps ones that traveled through a different portal to our consciousness.

Come spend a weekend with us as we examine dreams from every aspect- doorways to alternate realms of existence, the scientific studies of dream research, interpretations of dreams in verse, prose, and artistic renderings, and the power of the dream to motivate and change our world for the better…or the worse?