F . E . L . I . C . E .
  F.E.L.I.C.E. / Tom McCarthy and Eva Stenram / 2021-2022
Postcards, pen, wood, Shantung Silk fabric, stamps, dreams

F.E.L.I.C.E. is a postal exchange of exhibition visitors' dream descriptions - written-down thoughts and visions that originate from the unconscious and physically travel from person to person, across borders, cities and countries.

Visitors write down their dreams on a postcard inside a booth (resembling a voting or photo booth). To step into the booth the visitor passes through a silk curtain, a unique fabric design based on scans of the artists’ bedsheets.

The postcards themselves are collected and sent to the F.E.L.I.C.E. office on Immanuelkirchstraße in Berlin where they are processed. Perhaps coincidentally, this is the same address that Felice Bauer, Kafka’s sometime fiancée, lived in and to whom Kafka wrote obsessively to, often expressing a fascination with the postal system itself, its ordering mechanisms and procedures that remain hidden from sight.


Welcome to F.E.L.I.C.E., the global dream-exchange service.

Using the post cards and writing implements provided, please set down, as succinctly as possible, in words, images or a combination of the two, a recent nocturnal dream. Please also write, on the post card’s right-hand side, your address. Once completed, place the post card in the F.E.L.I.C.E. letterbox.

Once collected, the post cards will be cut in half, the dream description separated from the address, and processed according to a system devised, in an office in Berlin, so as to pair each dream description with a new addressee with whom it is unconsciously, on its most latent stratum, most finely psychically attuned.

Later you will receive the other user’s dream that F.E.L.I.C.E. has assigned you.

Terms and Conditions
1. F.E.L.I.C.E. is not responsible for the consequences of any fantasies, traumas, repressed memories etc. that may arise as a result of its activities.
2. F.E.L.I.C.E. is a registered trademark of the Formerly Epigraphically Licensed Intra-Consciousness Exchange. Any connection to the fact that Felice Bauer, Kafka’s sometime fiancée, lived in Immanuelkirchstraße 29; that Kafka wrote obsessively to her at this address; or that he expressed in these letters, as elsewhere in his oeuvre, a fascination with the postal system itself, its ordering mechanisms and procedures that remain hidden from sight, is anecdotal and of no legal consequence.
3. The user of F.E.L.I.C.E. consents to having their dream description sent to someone else, and to receiving another correspondent’s at their own address, which anyway is not truly theirs in any permanent sense. We are all guests on this dark earth.
4. A letter never arrives at its destination.
6. A letter always arrives at its destination.65. Do we contradict ourselves? Well then we contradict ourselves. We are large. We contain multitudes.

  F.E.L.I.C.E. installed at Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen (DK), 2022.
  F.E.L.I.C.E. installed in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin (DE), as part of the exhibition Die Balkone in 2021.
  F.E.L.I.C.E. is a collaboration between Eva Stenram and Tom McCarthy and was first exhibited in the exhibition Die Balkone in 2021.