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Published on Nov 7, 2007
The 3rd Mind
Art Clay (CHE), Corrina Mattner & Sebastian Ulbrich (DEU) The Dream Machine was conceived by artist and writer Brion Gysin in the early sixties with the help of the Scientist Ian Sommerville. It consist of a cylinder with slots cut into its sides and it is placed on a turntable that is set at the speed of 78 rpm. A light, suspended on a wire into the center of the spinning cylinder, allows light to come out from the slots as it spins on the turntable. The user sits comfortably in front of the Dreamachine, with the closed eyes approximately at center (half height) of the cylinder and quite close (5 cm). The resulting pulsating light seen against the eyelids stimulates the optical nerve and thereby alters the brain's electrical oscillations, causing vivid visions of very bright moving and morphing colours in geometrical patterns to appear "projected" behind the eyelids across the complete the field of vision. We would to thank Corrina Mattner and Sebastian Ulbrich for the building of the Dream Machines.