DREAM RITAUAL | DREAM AUCTION is an art project inspired by Korean Culture that deals with dreams. People who have had good dreams, for example one involving a pig which traditionally alludes to the arrival of wealth, can actually sell their dream to someone else. Any dream which has a positive interpretation has a value that makes it a desirable asset for someone else to acquire. Koreans buy and sell dreams for fun. I find this transaction of an intangible asset to be fascinating. I’d like to see what happens if we make this process more external and organized in the form of a live performance and public auction to a smart, open-minded audience.
Samguk Yusa, Book1, part 34, Chunchu gong
Munhui buys a dream from her sister Bohui.
She then marries Chunchu who later become King Muyeol of Silla (654-661)
One night Munhui’s sister Bohui had a dream in which she climbed So-ak Mountain and urinated,
the stream of water from her body rolled down in waves and inundated the whole city of Kyongju.
In the morning she told her sister about it:
“That is very interesting,” said Munhui, “I will buy your dream”
“What will you give me for it” Bohui asked
“I will give you my skirt of embroidered brocade.”
“Very well. I agree.”
Munhui spread her skirt and said, “I am ready to catch your dream.”
“Fine” laughed Bohui.
"I give you my dream of last night.” Munhui smiled.
“Thank you, sister. Here is my skirt. Wear it and you will look more beautiful.”
Chunchu and Munhui were formally married.
His six sons, the princes Papmin, Inmun, Munwang, Notan, Chigyong and Kaewon
were all born of Munhui who thus fulfilled her sister’s dream, flooding the capital with the issue of her body.